Entrepreneur Success Stories With Join Up Dots - Confidence, Motivation & Entertainment To Kick Start Your Online Career

Have you ever been in corporate land and wondered why you are feeling sluggish and overweight.

Do you wonder why you are reaching for that sixth doughnut just because its sitting three feet away from you then todays show is for you.

Our guest today was in a similar position, before taking the leap of faith.

Working for Ernst and Young , back in 2007, he realised that he wasn't happy with his body, but lacked the time and energy to do something about it. And he was not alone.

It seemed that his work colleagues all wanted to have a fitness timetable, that fitted around their lifestyles and would ask our guest for tips.

And after hearing the same request for the millionth time, he realized something.

Something had to be done. He had to set out to create a program that would solve this problem in a big way. He had to follow his passions.

He loved helping people. he loved writing and is a health and fitness fanatic (since the 4th grade).

Bang. He slammed them all together and created the online company mybodytutor

So lets bring onto the show to provide us with the perfect plans, and of course to join up dots, the one and only Adam Gilbert!

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Todays guest joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots podcast is a lady on a mission to empower the females of the world to...well rock!

Being an entrepreneur herself she was often struck by the isolated way that women seem to operate within the business world, and so set out to build a career and online platform for them to be heard.

She wants to give them the freedom to flourish in a way that most ladies would find it hard to do.

By launching the podcast “Biz Women Rock” she has done just that, and now provides interviews and motivational content from her base in Florida.

But that is just a small part of what makes her what she is, as with her husband Chris since 2008, the two have owned a Business Owners organization called the Tampa Bay Business Owners, which supports local entrepreneurs by providing top-notch education, opportunities to connect with peers and leadership programs…everything that could possibly be useful for a business owner to work on their businesses.

But what I want to do, is join up the dots by finding out like all our guests, what were the key elements in her childhood, that she can link to adult life?

What made her transition from her period in Healthcare, to working with her husband, and then onwards to career freedom and total choices?

And when she isn’t working 24 hours a day, what inspires her to get going again, after another exhausting day creating such value to the world.

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show, the one and only powerhouse, and entrepreneur herself Katie Krimitsos.

Direct download: Katie-Krimitsos-episode-104.mp3
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Todays guest is someone who might at first glance be thought of as a minority group.

He believes that sales is a honourable profession.

Wait I hear you say...surely I didn't hear the words Sales and honourable in the same sentence?

But our guest has since 2000 focused his time, passions and energy's in the world of Insurance Brokerage, and has come out the other end hardened by the work that he has performed.

As he says he was bloodied, bruised, kicked in the teeth, chewed-up, and spit-out.
But instead of becoming cynical to this work, he has instead developed a passion for helping others learn from his successes, mistakes and backstory.

The owner of Empowering Sales, and founder of “The Insurance Coach.”  he loves bringing value to salespeople, teams, and business owners through writing, speaking, classroom, and online training.

Focusing on four main areas, Sales training, Attitude, Connections and Loyalty.

So how has he remained true to his values?

How does he break down the perception of old style sales techniques and reputations?

And being a father, husband and full time employee too, how does he find the time to bring it all together?

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

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Podcast 102: Simon Knapp: Freedom To Launch Cherished Ideas Into The Air

Todays guest, joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast interview is Mr Simon Knapp, a man who can literally fly to heights that we can only dream about.

he has the freedom of time and altitude as being a commercial airline pilot, he has for the last few years travelled the world transporting businessman, holiday makers, and screaming children to destinations across the globe.

All the while planning other ventures, businesses and careers the ability to provide a fair deal to the world of freelance work.

After realising that a vast proportion of the fee charged by a freelance agency did not go the person doing the work, but instead into their own coffers for what seemed minimal effort, Simon Knapp knew he was onto something.

So along with his wife, Simon created “Cherished Ideas”, where freelancers can virtually sit in the same room with potential employers and sell their wares, with no commission passing hands.

A real bonus to all concerned.

So how did this Englishman first manage to get into the rarefied world of commercial airlines, and why does he seem so focused on building a life away from it?

What was the moment when the motivation to tackle his first business opportunity first raised its head, and was it the first venture he tried?

And with a plane at his disposal where does he truly call home?

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 Simon Knapp.

Direct download: Simon-Knapp-episode-102.mp3
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Todays guest, joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast interview is Dina Proctor, a lady who has been on a harrowing journey of hitting absolute rock bottom, and finding her way back to the top.

 

At the end of 2008, her life had spiralled out of control as she battled everyday with alcohol addiction, food issues and suicidal depression.

 

She was in a mess and could not have been lower.

 

Trying everything Dina Proctor possibly could to pull herself up and get herself going, she fell time and time again. Nothing worked for her, and she was lost.

 

But by unintentional action she created her own salvation, as she began an amazing transformational programme called “3×3 Mediation” which has changed her life and the lives of her clients time and time again.

 

From weight loss and banishing addictive cravings to reconstructing relationships, this easy and yet incredibly effective method has caught the attention and support of Jack Canfield and Bruce Lipton among others, and the media. 

 

Now with a day filled with writing, public speaking, coaching and being madly happy, I am delighted to have her on the show today.

 

But how did she change her life so dramatically, on something apparently so simple?

 

How did Dina thankfully not enter in to suicidal actions that would have meant that the world would not have got the gifts that we now have from her.

 

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 Dina Proctor

Direct download: Dina-Proctor-episode-101.mp3
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Michael ONeal The Host Of The Solopreneur Hour Podcast  Joins The Dots On The 100th Show

Todays guests is Mr Michael ONeal, the podcasting master behind the hit Itunes show "The Solopreneur Podcast". The top ranked business show, or The Solohour as it is known to its friends, teaching online marketing and entrepreneurship skills. 

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

So you know where to send all your complaints too.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How did he know where his true passions lie?

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

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

 

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

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Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the Join Up Dots business interview is a man who is taking huge action, as he is one of the co-founders of the Podcast Movement.

A huge conference bringing together the movers and shakers of the podcasting world.

The legends behind the microphones.

The names you see scattered across ITunes.

Commencing on the 16th August in Dallas Texas, the size of this thing must have been a hell of an undertaking.

Especially for someone who it seems to me has built up the bulk of his career success in the work of Tax returns and balance sheets.

But as he says "I am a lifetime serial entrepreneur, and have always been a self starter that takes the proverbial bull by the horns."

And this passion for the startup, has helped him develop great relationships with clients which allow them to focus in on the value side of the business and leave..lets face it the boring side of the business with our guest.

That is a partnership made in heaven I would have thought.

So how did he get together with Jared Easley his co-partner and gain the motivation to start the Podcast Movement?

Does he actually find doing tax returns interesting? And even if he says he does I wont believe him!

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up the dots of his life with the one and only, Mr Dan Franks

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Today guest is the go to man if you have a band, are interested in creating music, but dont know the first thing about getting it out there.Being in the music industry and the online world since way back in 1982, our guest at first had the desire to be the main man himself.Strutting the stage like….well a John Bon Jovi or Bruce Springsteen, but as we find time and time again on Join Up Dots life had other ideas for him.Six months ago,he released a book called Six-Figure Musician – How to Sell More Music, Get More People to Your Shows,and Make More Money in the Music Business. As the title suggests,it was written for musicians and the people who work with them — managers, record labels, etc.During the first few years, he was able to work on promotions by several big acts… No Doubt, Bush, Run-DMC, Ratt, and others, and the names have got bigger from there. But working with the established is not what excites our man.As he says “I’d rather build something than add on to it. In my opinion, helping somebody go from zero to 10,000 records sold is much more life-changing than helping somebody go from 100,000 to 1,000,000. Plus, going from zero to 10,000 records requires more skill…and I love a challenge.”Well, lets give him a challenge as we start joining up the dots of his life with the one and only Mr David Hooper

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Todays guest is a lady who believes that great people are not those to whom rainbows are delivered, they are those who value rainbows, sun and rain.Its the contrasts of life that makes a life, and its within these areas that we can develop our emotional intelligence, to understand why things are going well, but not beat ourselves up too much when they aren’t.But how do we get to that point? How do we give ourselves the best chance to become more rounded and understanding of the situations that we find ourselves in? Well in short, our guest believes that we need to go back to assess the fact that we spend so much time as a child, learning about things, that are nice to know, but do not help us in the real world.Where are the true life skill lessons that some of us miss out on, but are so vitally important as we strive to create the life of our dreams?She is a social Entrepreneur, Creator of the Life Skills Report Card, Founder of the international consciousness movement Parenting 2.0. Author of “Kissing the Mirror; Raising Humanity in the Twenty-first Century.” and of course my 97th guest.We have a lot to discuss, so lets bring onto the show to start joining up dots, the one and only Marlaine Cover.

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Todays guest ready for the business interview is someone who as we discuss time and time again on Join Up Dots can pinpoint the moment when his life changed forever.

He knows his big dot on the Join Up Dots timeline, when his life become on of freedom of choice and a lifestyle of his own making.

In January of 2009, after seeing his career flourish, he was laid off, and found himself unemployed for three months.

And within those three months, he started learning about himself.

What he wanted to achieve in his life and of course his career.

And how he wanted his lifestyle to be.

The key thought to everything he starting planning at the time, was in his words "I really discovered how working for someone else is just as risky as working for yourself."

So he began his personal leadership blog, which he uses as a platform to share what he had learned about leadership, personal development, personal branding and how to develop a leadership mindset.

We have a lot to cover, so lets bring onto the show to start Joining Up Dots, the one and only entrepreneur Mr Ellory Wells.

Direct download: Ellory-Wells-episode-96.mp3
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