Thu, 20 November 2014
Todays guest, joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast interview is an entrepreneur from New York with a difference.
Mr Scott Wiener is businessman, entrepreneur and a connoisseur of something that most of us order, make, and then simply shove into our mouths as quickly as we can.
Yes, he is an expert on the integral food source known as Pizza.
Growing up in New York City, it was very hard not to at least every now and again, end up holding a dangling piece of melted cheese and pepperoni above your mouth, whilst reaching for the next piece eagerly.
And our guest loved pizza more than most...and that was it.
He didn't feel that his life and certainly his jobsearch to find his perfect career would be linked with this Italian favourite, he just liked eating it.
But upon leaving familiar territory for college at Syracuse University, he began to realize that the way pizza was made in other areas was very much different to what he was used to.
What made the slices that he was eating at college so very different to the ones he had grown up eating?
Touring the country with rock bands throughout those college years provided perfect opportunities for research.
But yet still, he was on a path that was common place....get a job, lose a job, get another job and feel uninspired all the time.
Yep, we have all been there.
But it was in that moment of searching for the thing that made him come alive as a departure from his life, whenever possible he gathered some friends for pizza day-trips.
Four people in a car eating a slice at each stop until stomachs were full.
It was fun, enjoyable and he could share the knowledge that he had built up about this cheesy delight.
The only problem was that his car wasn’t big enough to fit everyone who wanted to go, so he rented a bus for a massive birthday party and invited 26 friends and family members for a day of pizza adventuring.
Six months later, he used that very model to launch Scottês Pizza Tours.
And now nearly six years later, 1,500 tours, over 25,000 tour guests later, and an entry into the Guinness Book Of World Records he can lay back with a full stomach and say yes I am where I should be in life.
So does he ever have days when he thinks "I can't face another slice of this stuff ever again?"
And does he now have the recipe for the worlds most perfect pizza that he can share with us all?
Well lets find out, as we bring onto the show, to start joining up dots on the Steve Jobs inspired podcast, with the one and only entrepreneur and food expert Mr Scott Wiener.
Wed, 19 November 2014
Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots is a man who contacted me to see if I would be interested in his story enough to have on the show.....are you kidding me?
This guy has so many dots in his life, he is almost three quarters Dalmatian.
He is the owner and founder of the great success Plum Deluxe, whose mission statement is to help us all live a life we love by making time every day for great moments.
It was founded in 2007 as an online community to encourage individuals across the world to create special moments that matter with friends and families.
It could be hosting a dinner party, going to a yoga class, treating themselves to a spa day with a friend, or just optimizing their daily routines to include more self care.
Doing the stuff that we put on the backburner because we are so busy.
"I would to go on a date with you sweetheart, but I have these spreadsheets to go through"....sound familiar?
With so many positive life affirming platforms brought to the world, having an element of tragedy behind it, Plum Deluxe is the same.
Our guest started this company to share the lessons he learned from his mother, who lost her 6 year battle with cancer.
Of course a huge tragedy, but the manner of he farewell was nothing but inspirational
She spent the time from diagnosis to saying goodbye, making sure that she did the things that she loved.
Traveling more, seeing friends, laughing, and being the most positive individual that she could be. She made sure that she was not going to waste a second
So why do we do this people? And I am the same too.
Why do we do things that keep us away from living the life that we want?
Even if its just taking a break to go for a walk in the fresh air for an hour or so?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show, to start joining up dots, with the one and only precious moments entrepreneur Mr Andy Hayes
Tue, 18 November 2014
Todays guest entrepreneur chatting to us on the Steve Jobs inspired business podcast Join Up Dots is a lady that states on her about page before anything else that she has a love for chocolate.
She also loves country music too.
So I bet a perfect night in is a bubble bath, a box of chockies and a cd full of stories of divorce, dead dogs, and other depressing stories sung with a twang.
But that isn't what this show is going to be about, as todays guest has a fascinating title which I don't understand.
She calls herself a "time strategy visionary" which we will of course find out about during the show.
But what is true about her is that she knew in her heart of hearts that shat she didn't fit into a traditional job, as the love of the tasks she was asked to do was quite often restricted.
She loved what she was doing, but not the pressure that came with doing it in a certain time.
Why should we compress something into a set time fame, just because someone somewhere says that we have to.
But that doesn't mean that she isn't organised, as she loves schedules, hectic days, and sports and so became an Athletic Administrator for a high school.
However, she found that she struggled to balance the 60 hour work weeks with her need for self-care and family time.
And that is where she started to realize her path, and brings her onto the show today
She believes the “I’m so busy” feeling doesn’t have to be a way of life. She is a master at cutting to the heart of overwhelm to help you regain control of your schedule and experience life.
She became a time strategy visionary.
So why is it that we all like to use the "I'm ssoooo busy, and rushed off my feet" badge of honour, even if it goes against our health?
And why do we focus our energies so much on the things that wont ultimately bring us closer to the finishing line?
Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only super entrepreneur herself Lisa Mallis
Mon, 17 November 2014
Todays guest entrepreneur speaking to us on the Steve Jobs inspired business podcast, is a man who from his home in the town of Thunder Bay Ontario Canada, has set about living the life that lights him up inside. He admits to never having felt really settled in life, and at his core has always had the desire to go against the norm and do things his own way.
And certainly at the moment, he is flourishing within that mind-set, as he is busy creating both the time freedom that we all want in our life, and a series of online ventures that can give him the aforementioned freedom.
For most people family comes before everything, they are the reason that we are here. But also for most people we see less of our families than anything else as we set about building the income and providing the support that they need...yep work gets in the way of everything.
This is not a career man as such, as he likes nothing more than spending time with his daughter and wife, and so in just two years has grown his current online business, from $0 to $490k in annual revenue, This is a fully digital business, in a tiny market, with average sales of just less than $27 per transaction.
He starts, runs, and grows online businesses and can help us all do the same.
But in life all paths and ventures that seem that the guest was destined for, actually took many years for them to find and he was no exception.
He spent his earlier years travelling coast-to-coast across Canada playing drums in several punk rock bands.
Although not a punk in fashion, he has never let go of the D.I.Y. ethic that taught him: if you want something to change, you have to do it, get it done, or stop complaining about it.
See that free spirit again, can never be denied when it is who we are.
His latest creation is called VelocityPage, a Premium WordPress plugin that allows anyone to create beautiful web pages in minutes — without code.
He is also the host of the hit podcast Hack The Entrepreneur.
So what is it about him that had always felt unsettled?
And what advice can he give all of us as we look to find the thing that makes us bound out of bed each morning and never have to see our boss's face again?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only career driven freedom expert Jon Nastor
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Podcast: Hack The Entrepreneur with Jon Nastor
Description: Hack The Entrepreneur reveals the fears, habits, and inner-battles behind big name entrepreneurs and those on the path to success. It is a show created for you the entrepreneur, small business owner, or startup founder. 'Entrepreneur hacking' can be any trick, shortcut, skill, or method that allows anyone to crush it in business and in life. In other words, it is anything that solves a problem entrepreneurs have in an inspired, ingenious way. We know that everyone is unique and that they have to find their own path to success, but after personally speaking to entrepreneurs every day as part of my own successful online business, I became obsessed with the idea of finding the ‘replicable’ things successful people do, to try to find the patterns. Not so you can copy them, but instead absorb it into what you do everyday, so you can make your own success and one day help others ‘Hack the Entrepreneur’ too. Whether you are looking for success with blogging, social media, passive income, YouTube, search engine optimization, startups, affiliate marketing, outsourcing, overcoming fears, doubts, or building your own business on your terms, Hack the Entrepreneur can and will help you.
Sun, 16 November 2014
Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired business podcast Join Up Dots, is a man who is a professor in physical geography. He graduated from Bristol University with a degree in Physics in 1983 and went on to complete a Ph.D at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, in glaciology and remote sensing.
He then spent eight years in the Department of Space and Climate Physics, University College London before returning to Bristol in 1996.
So we can say that he is more than a bit clever to say the least.
But if you think that todays show is simply about a supremely educated man who is living a life without struggle then think again, as a few years back he was in a position that is nothing short of horrific.
After a mountaineering accident, our guest found himself laying for days on a tiny shelf high above the safety of the ground, with his leg literally hanging on by a thread
For days he lay and watched it loosely flap around, afraid it might just drop off. Powerless to stop gangrene set in, and all the while his leg moving closer and closer to being lost forever.
And if that is where you might think his story finishes then think again, as with so many tales on Join Up Dots, the worst moments in someone's life can actually be the starting point to career success. Allowing something remarkable to be born, and that is certainly the case today.
So lets bring onto the show to start joining up dots, the one and only entrepreneur and scientist Mr Jonathan Bamber.
Sat, 15 November 2014
Todays guest is Ani Alexander, someone that I am proud to say has become one of my closest friends in the world.
I have never met her, don't know too much about her personal life, but can honestly say she has become one of the people that has helped me so much as Join Up Dots keeps on growing.
She has a fascinating story, which starts by being born in a country that now is no longer there, the soviet union, and as teenager loved to write.
And these have all lead her to be the host of two podcasts "Ani Alexander's Brand Architect" and "Write 2B Read"
In her heart she believes that everyone has a story to tell, and would like nothing more than putting pen to paper and getting creative as a child.
But as we see time and time again, the thing that we liked as kids somehow got forgotten as we grow into adulthood.
And instead of thinking "Lets make a career out of something that I love doing"...which of course is the sensible thing to do, she instead went into the corporate world.
And joined the masses.
Yes, for the next twelve years she followed a path that left her with a paycheck every month, but nothing more. She was lost and definitely feeling uninspired.
So she took the leap of faith and went for it on her own
And now with her business flourishing, her network of aspiring authors flocking to help her get them in the bestsellers list, life is getting better everyday.
She is also the author of three books "Emotional Moments", "Dream Down" and "Highfall"
But if this sounds like an easy transition then think again.
I know her well, and I know the hustle and work ethic that it is taking to get to the point she wants to be.
She is climbing up the ladder of success everyday, one rung at a time even when exhausted, even when she was unsure she could climb any higher?
So how does she keep herself going when sometimes the world seems against her?
And why did she feel along with everything else on her plate, she would go and conquer the world by recording the Write 2 b Read podcasts in English, not her natural tonque
Well lets find out as we bring on to the show to start joining up dots the one and only Ani Alexander
To find out more about Ani Alexander go to:
Podcast: Ani Alexander's Brand Achitect podcast
Description: If you are an author, coach, speaker, online entrepreneur or podcaster who wants to stand out and get noticed with your brand as wel as grow your online audience, then you're at the right place.
Podcast: Write 2B Read
Write 2B Read podcast is created to encourage and inspire writers to become authors. It will have very short episodes with tips, reflections and encouragement as well as longer interviews with writers, who will share their views and thoughts about writing, self-publishing, book marketing and anything else that they think you should know. I really hope that the podcast will help you in your journey of finding your readers and becoming a bestselling author.
You are welcome to join Write 2B Read podcast’s closed Facebook group, where we will be discussing everything that you would like to know, share tips, provide feedback and simply spend a good time together.
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Fri, 14 November 2014
Todays guest for the milestone 200th episode is the only man that I wanted for the job......in fact I held back from recording this show so he could appear.
And why did I feel that way?
Well after 199 episodes of Join Up Dots, hopefully you will feel like I do that they are motivational, inspiring, challenging and the kind of content that makes you believe that everything is possible.
But if this is the first show that you have listened to then...believe me, just hearing about this guys story will leave you feeling exactly the same way.
When he was a young man at ages 13 and 16 he received news that would knock most people off their feet.
He had cancer and not just one type but two completely different types, which left him listening to his last rights and waiting to die.
He was given only fourteen days grace, but instead of passing on as expected he astounded the medical community when he survived both these brutal diseases and also a medically-induced coma for a year.
This courage to beat the odds and take on a challenge that many deemed as impossible left him with the realisation that no challenge would ever be too great or any peak too high.
He proved this theory when he crested the peak of the highest point in the world (Mount Everest) with only partial use of his lungs.
As the first cancer survivor to do so, he then decided to continue climbing and has since topped the highest peaks in Africa, Europe, South America, Australia, Antarctica, and North America.
But this isn't a story about a man with super human strength or support, this is a story of total belief in himself and what he can achieve.
Inspiring us all to dream bigger and go for the impossible.
He is voted one of the top eight most inspirational people of all time, so it with great delight to bring onto the show to start joining up dots, the one and only Sean Swarner
Thu, 13 November 2014
Todays guest is a man who has a harrowing story, but it is a story that you think "Man that is terrible, but wow he has turned this into a positive. Bigtime"
And as we see time and time again on Join Up Dots, our guest will find their path in life due to a situation that you wouldn't wish on anyone. But they move from the dark place into the light by perseverance, love, understanding and curiosity.
Back in 1989, he has a phone call that changed his life.
He had been advised that his sister had been raped. What could he do to help? What could he do to support his sister?
Well for two years, he struggled to deal with the rape and the effect it had on his life – both as the brother of a rape victim and as a male. He transferred colleges – so he could be close to home and his sister during the trial.
And once back home with his family, he saw the pain, rage and sadness his parents, relatives, and family friends were also going through. The sexual assault of his sister had changed many people’s lives.
And it was with this dawning realisation that an assault like this was as much based on lack of understanding of what is the correct way to conduct yourself with someone else, as it was a crime.
It was the worlds lack of understanding, of the other personal right of personal standards that was the problem.
Could he change the mind-set of youngster, adults and anyone with a sexual urge to realise that there was a way of interacting with each other that wasn't happening.
And over ten years, he worked, talked, discussed, reviewed and developed the "Can I Kiss You" platform, where he uses humour to break down the barriers of this taboo subject.
And now he travels the world bringing his message to the world.
As he says ""I do feel the work is a calling. The traveling does not get tiring because I know I'm going somewhere to get the opportunity to open minds and inspire a new way of thinking. I get the wonderful honor and opportunity to plant the seed for them to take care of and nourish."
He is an author, speaker, father of four and husband to his beloved wife, and now here ready to join up his dots, so its with great pleasure that I bring onto the show the one and only Mike Domitriz
Wed, 12 November 2014
Todays guest is the queen of Ka-ching!, a lady who literally knows how to change the mindset of all of us to become profit attracting experts
Her motto is “You can't grow your business without growing yourself.”
She advises business owners on how to translate their technical expertise into sustainable growth profits.
But it's not just about businesses, as she is also the go to resource for solopreneurs too.
Those guys and ladies looking to build a lifestyle built around their income production.
And is that experience to relate to all walks of life that has changed her life completely, since taking the Leap of faith and going alone.
She is an author and advisor on the topic of attracting high-paying clients and growing your business revenues with integrity.
Along with her book - Wealthy U- Seven Sacred Wealth & Wisdom Lessons - her sales and marketing tools have been used for 20 years to dramatically improve the lives of everyone she speaks to.
But the interesting thing about her, is although she can teach us all how to increase the wealth coming our way, she also had those same self-limiting thoughts that we all have.
Money should be hard to earn.
Rich people are greedy.
And to get rich you have to get dirty, and do things that aren't congruent with our own morals.
She had to battle through and realise in her heart of hearts that this wasn't true.
So how did she change these negative ideas that were so deeply rooted within her?
And how did she take the talents that she was demonstrating daily in her corporate life and bring it all together to form her own her company?
Well let's find out, as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Marilyn August.
Tue, 11 November 2014
Todays guest is a man with a fascinating tale, of hardship, persecution, and a burning desire to create the best life he could hope for.
Raised in a small fishing village in Senegal, West Africa, as a child he endured abuse, profound humiliation and the breakup of his parents at the tender age of two
This is of course is not what any child hopes for, and he found it particularly hard to accept as he looked around at his friends who all seemed to have the family life that he would have wanted.
Then later at age five he was taken to live in a compound of more than 100 people, living in extreme close proximity to each other.
It was here where he quickly learned to defend himself, and to develop the inner power that he needed to flourish in this unstable environment, where so many people fought for survival on a daily basis.
It was a hard, brutal start to his life, but one that he wouldn't allow to determine his future.
He knew that he wanted a life in America, and so at the age of 21, with just a few belongs and a gallon of water, he left Senegal, and amazingly managed to walk across the Sahara desert by foot between Algeria and Libya in six arduous days.
He had his dream and he wouldn't give up on it.
Well he did it, and even now many years after setting foot on the continent he is pushing himself to greater and greater achievements.
He is the author of "No Excuses, how to pursue a better life and lift others for a better world", and his "Mile High Momentum" training platform, he is about as far away from his beginning as it possible.
But what was it about the American dream that filled him with such hope from his life in Africa?
And when he started that walk across the desert did he truly believe that he would be where he is today?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, the one and only Mr Ousmane Ndoye