Wed, 18 February 2015
Todays guest on Join Up Dots is a lovely lady who from her core, believes that we can all have a lovely life.
She loves nothing more than teaching the world the tools to find our life bliss.
Yes, come on listeners if you have only got one thing from listening to Join Up Dots everyday then it should be this.
If you are slogging your way through life, feeling exhausted, and wondering why life is so hard, then you are travelling along the wrong path.
You need to work out why you can't get out of bed each day, with a "Yay, its a new day" shout.
She is just about to bring to the world a new project called "14 Day Radical Self Love Challenge" and has also just launched her Uplift Membership Group.
But this isn't a story of someone who is a naturally bouncy person, and was always on an inspirational helping others kind of gig.
As she has gone from a severely anxious and depressed woman for most of her 35 years to an empowered, inspiring woman doing amazing things, conquering her fears and teaching others how to do the same!
So what was it in her past that led to her feeling so anxious about the future, and what she was doing in her life?
And are there simple steps that the listeners can take forward
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Jamie Pfeffer
Tue, 17 February 2015
Todays guest has an amazing story of a life living on his terms.
Making decisions that for many will have seemed huge and almost undoable.
Growing up in Cleveland, Ohio where his father played professional football with the Browns, he graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in Journalism.
But our guest did things differently, and instead of following a career that was expected he did things that were 100% him.
He’s the author of Angeles Crest: A Memoir about world travels, ultramarathon running, and metaphysics; Inside Passage: Living with Killer Whales, Bald Eagles, and Indians, based on a two year stay on a northern wilderness island along the rugged coastline between Seattle and Alaska; and North Through Paradise, about varied adventures in Alaska.
And now with so many inspiring adventures and tales in his locker, its not surprising that he is asked to speak on TV, Radio and deliver key note presentations across the world.
His speech: “Triumph of The Spirit” is an inspiring, motivational account of what it takes to survive; then thrive in the wilderness — or any challenging situation.
And that last bit says the most about him it seems to me.
It’s not about running away and living in the mountains that makes dreams happen, but it’s accepting every challenging situation that life thows at us no matter how humdrum they may seem.
And trying our best to work away around them.
And that is exactly what our guest has done.
So what did he learn living on the Island in Alaska which was life changing, or did the experiences just cement what he already knew and felt in life?
And why does he feel that the majority of the world would say “No, I cant do this…I have XYZ to deal with first!”?
Well lets find out as its with delight that I bring onto the show the man, with so many stories, and the best moustache I have seen since Tom Selleck, the one and only Mr Michael Modzelewski
Alaska, alaska, alaska, Alaska
Mon, 16 February 2015
Todays guest is one of those guests that might seem easy to pigeonhole when you first look at him.
But once you start digging down, you realise that there is so much more to him than most other artists operating within his creative area.
A native of Virginia and a devoted family man, he first started making the world sit up and take notice of him when he jumped into the music world in 1996, and made his professional debut to rave reviews with the New York City Opera as Ralph Rackstraw in H.M.S. Pinafore.
And although he certainly has got a set of pipes on him, that can belt out the huge opera numbers that you might be aware of, he unsually allows his voice to demonstrate many other types of music from pop, to Buble, stage musicals, to the Rat Pack.
He believes that the music is only half of what he brings to the audience.
Its the whole show that sets him apart from the stand in one spot and belt out the song type of performers.
And now alongside his family, who are also amazing singers, he is taking his talent to the world.
He was named "Best Male Recording Artist" of the year in 2001, 2004, and 2006 by the FCMA and has been released three solo recordings on the Shadow Mountain Label "Wondrous Love", "Then Sings My Soul" and "A New Song" all of which have received numerous accolades and awards, including several Pearl awards
So what is it about himself, that unlike so many people who would class family as the thing that stops their dreams, made him willing to give it ago?
And has been surprised at how brutal the music industry is, now he is fully established in its world?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only George Dyer.
Sun, 15 February 2015
Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is the co-founder of OpenWorld, the world's #1 resource for active lifestyle creators.
What that means is instead of finding a job to fund your lifestyle, you create your lifestyle and then find ways to fund it.
You can honestly have the freedom to have the kind of amazing career and astonishing success that you want, for example if you want to be an underwater basket weaver then work out how much you need to earn to do this, and then go out and find different ways of funding this freedom.
Be creative with the choices that you make to achieve your dreams.
Don't be pigeon holed by what people tell you is the normal route to success.
Do things your way, and love every second of your life.
Well todays guest has always had that entrepreneurial spirit and since the age of 9 has loved to flex his hustle muscle.
And with a history entailing going from broke ramen-eating college graduate to growing a profitable online business and pursuing lifestyle design with reckless abandon.
And through his many adventures around the world has been robbed, fallen from bridges and motorbikes, hugged exotic animals, and nearly died several times in pursuit of his dreams.
He is now a man who literally can call the world his home, and the planet his playground.
So what was about him that made him up for the challenge to brush himself down and go again when things got tough?
And why would he say that the world hasn't quite bought into the belief that they can literally create the life of their dreams?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only location free entrepreneur Mr Danny Flood
Sat, 14 February 2015
Todays guest is the kind of person that I haven’t had on the show since way back on episode 18, a teacher.
And not an entrepreneural ex-teacher, but one that is still on a daily basis going to school and teaching his pupils history.
Seems like a normal teacher?
Well consider how many teachers you have had in your life that also focused on happiness?
Yeah, I can’t think of more than….well none to be honest.
He believes that discussing happiness with sixth graders will help them understand the path to well-being and how to create habits that nurture it.
They will be laying a foundation for lifelong resilience, contentment and, ultimately, success in whatever endeavors they pursue.
So with that in mind, he takes a few minutes each morning to ask his students to consider something they’re grateful for, happy about or that makes them feel good.
And now with his new book “Teaching Happiness and Innovation” he goes even deeper into the world happiness, with practical exercises that we can all do to increase our well being and….well be happy.
So was this a focus that he has always had in his life, or did he suddenly realise one day that there was a different way of teaching?
And what has he found to be the biggest obstacle with kids to achieving this state of mind?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Mike Ferry
Fri, 13 February 2015
Todays guest on Join Up Dots is one of those people that when you start reading his about page you think..."Is this real or has he made it up?"
When it starts with, "he spent 10 years in the former Soviet Union investigating the Russian mafia and working with the KGB", you start to think this is one that will be fascinating to see where his dots have lined up.
But the surprising things about him keep coming, he grew up in a family of 14, lived in China, loves using musical instruments to demonstate his opinions and views, and well......I guess we will find more and more as we go on.
Nowadays he is an international speaker and author with a specialization in Leadership and Organizational Behaviour, but the underlining theme of much of his work is to help people overcome the fears that hold them back.
As he says its all about getting the nerve to succeed.
Learning the skills to overcome those self limiting thoughts that not only hold us back as individuals but have the same effect on organisations too.
If we were to become more ballsy, and have a plan to help us overcome our fears then we can do amazing things.
So what did he learn growing up in such a big household that he has taken into his adult life...not least how to get in the bathroom before anyone else?
And does he see more and people wanting to change direction but unwilling to risk what they already have in their lives?
Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Joe Serio.
Thu, 12 February 2015
Todays guest is a lady who has one of the most harrowing histories that I have read about for a guest on Join Up Dots.
If you think of something bad that could happen to someone then she will have ticked it off her list.
Being the youngest of five children she grew up in a dysfunctional house, whereby a loving and supportive Mother struggled to provide the upbringing she wanted for her children due to an abusive husband.
Her Father was an alcoholic, and was abusive to her Mother, so at the age of eleven she grabbed all her children and moved out of the family home.
And as our guest says in her own words "My life was simple but good, at least we never had to worry again about my father drinking and abuse. But within a few years my life would change, as I was brutally raped at the age of 14."
And from that point onwards her life became one intertwined with crime, prison, and a myriad of activities that was sought to numb the pain of her earlier life.
She had lost herself and couldn't see the path that she was put on this planet to walk.
But as we see time and time again, that path can become visible at the most unexpected times, which certainly occurred to our guest.
And now she is working hard to inspire us all to take control of our own lives with her well received book "From Insanity to Sane" sharing the lessons that she has learned in her life.
So let's find out how that moment occurred, that shone the light on the way forward?
And does she feel that a life of meaning, has to have the dark moments to fully appreciate the good that comes to us?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Barbara Archer.
Wed, 11 February 2015
Todays guest on Join Up Dots is a man who asked himself a brilliant question, and now helps others across the world to answer the very same question.
"What do I want to be when I grow up?"
Which is one of those things that we consider a lot when we are very young, and will answer with a spaceman, a princess, and professional footballer.
Big answers, that just roll off our tongues easily, but are so hard to answer when we actually grow up.
Well our guest today quit his business programme in college, and ended up in Tokyo, where he worked as an English teacher, and realised that there was no answer for the question that started his quest and that in fact, that very question is the wrong question to be asking.
Which is where you lean forward to the speaker, and say "But what is that question then David.....what is the right answer to ask?"
And i'll be honest I haven't a clue, but our guy knows, and has now travelled across North America speaking to teens about his findings, the importance of decision-making and the importance of having experiences.
He is the author of the book Make Your Own Lunch - How to Live an Epically Epic Life through Work, Travel, Wonder, and (maybe) College and is the co-founder and CEO of RaiseYourFlag, a web platform developed to help the 45% of high school students in North America who do not attend college immediately after leaving school connect to careers that are available to them and the companies that can help.
He is a man with a lot on his plate, not least a load of dodgy food in Japan.
So why did he feel unlike millions of others to ask such a big question that we hear time and time again, but really dig down looking for answers?
And does he see that this problem is an American one, or is it prevalent across the world.
Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Ryan Porter.
Tue, 10 February 2015
Todays guest is an author who has a story that really resonated with me when I read his backstory.
In fact so many of us will resonate with his tale, as it is one about unfulfilled dreams, held back, not by lack of talent, but lack of belief.
As he says "There was a time in my life where I didn’t see myself as an author, perhaps just like you. I knew I had stories to tell, but I was afraid that they wouldn’t be good enough…that I would be a laughing stock among my friends if I tried to publish them. It was a couple of years ago, right after I had been unemployed for almost a year. We had wiped out our savings and were very close to going under. My son wanted to go to college and I couldn’t afford it. I felt like a failure.
Then, a story came to me. I liked it, and when I started writing, it just naturally flowed. Pretty soon, I had a whole book written. There was only one problem—no agent would take it. I shopped it to agents month after month, and none of them were the least bit interested. Then I heard about self-publishing, but I didn’t know anything about it. I spent a lot of time researching it before finally deciding, “I can do this; I just need a plan.”
Eventually, my book was ready. I loaded it into Amazon, but then I panicked. No one was home, and I sat at the kitchen table, staring at the computer screen. Sweat glistened on my brow as I looked at the cursor, hovering over the little button that said “Save and Publish.” I wanted to push the button more than anything else in the world, and yet I couldn’t."
Isn't that a fascinating point that anyone who has created momentum and success will understand.
You have done the work, you are proud of it, but scared stiff to show it to the world.
Your dreams are there in front of you, but you don't want to take that final step that will slide the work over the top of the hill, where it runs away from you.
Well now with a series of books flying off the shelves, he loves nothing more than helping other authors do the same, and create words that they will love and the world will want more and more off.
So what was it about the written word that had such a pull on him throughout his working life?
And would he look back at himself now and like many others shout "Just start....get it out there!"?
Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Chris Kennedy.
Mon, 9 February 2015
Todays guest is a lady who has had many careers in her life, so it will be of great interest to discover if she feels what she is doing now is THE thing.
The thing that she was always meant to do.
Born in East Chicago Heights, Illinois she was reared in rural Hart Michigan.
After beginning college at Eastern Michigan University, she returned to her roots in Chicago where she began a federal career with the department of Housing and Urban Development.
And then it seems strange to see it from an outsiders point of view, but it was during this time that she became a protégé of Grammy Winning Songwriter and Arranger, Eugen Record and had three releases under the name the Chilites.
But her life has been one of contrast as away from the glamour of musical output, she has for 35 years worked in civilian government service, seven years as a labor leader, and as a national negotiator.
She is a lady that knows how to get her point across and can make a difference for so many.
And now with her best selling book "Whose Apple Is It Anyway" and her Empowerment Center, she is helping the world to find their the purpose in life.
In the book she tells in her own unique voice, a story of emotional and physical abuse, rape, divorce and a 17-year marriage to a man who was later convicted as a sexual predator.
So she certainly has a history that will resonate with so many people who have endured similar tales of distress and woe.
But its with a force of character that ties it all together and gives the whole platform a central focus, that our guest has got to show her true strength.
The programme is stronger because of who she is and now what she is.
So why did she for so many years appear to be driven and in control of her business life, but pushed around in her personal life?
And would she go back and change anything, or is this just a part of what has made her who she is today?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start Joining Up Dots with the one and only Linda F Williams