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There are many things that will surprise you from a Steve Jobs biography.

 

We all feel that we know the man well. 

 

We have read the stories of success, heard the tales of peculiar behavior and used the products that the man left behind.

 

But what you will find when you start researching Steve Jobs, is a man who I don't think anyone will truly understand. 

 

A man with so many layers of personality, and distinct characteristics, that we all had the potential to see the type of person that Steve Jobs wanted us to see.

 

So where do we start on the Join Up Dots take, on the Steve Jobs Biography?

 

Well we can clearly see on the Join Up Dots timeline, that Steve Jobs was from the moment he was born looking for identity. 

 

Steven Paul Jobs was brought into the world on the 24th February 1955 in San Francisco California, by two students of the University of Wisconsin, who for whatever reason felt that this new born boy, who would grow up to become the king of techonology, was not theirs to keep.

 

Joanne Schieble and Abdulfattah "John" Jandali, played such an amazing part in bringing this child to the world, but would also play such a small part too, and gave the young Steve Jobs up for adoption shortly after birth.

 

And this was one of the dots in the Steve Jobs biography that Steve spoke so candidly about in 2005, when he addressed the graduating students on Stanford in a commencement address that has become a firm favourite to the world.

 

Not least becoming the basis of what became the theme behind the show “Join Up Dots with David Ralph”

 

The Steve Jobs Biography is a fascinating tale of clearly defined dots that shape what he was going to become right from the start, which would make it fascinating if we could ever go back in time and show the young Steve Jobs the steps that he should take.

 

Would he follow them, or would this young child with such a fascination for technology, and understanding of the components that made early electronic devices work, listen?

 

Well probably not, but you can see in the Steve Jobs biography those dots were clearly working in his favour right from the start.

 

His adopted parents lived in Mountain View California, which would fortuitously become what is known as silicon valley in later years, planting the budding entrepreneur in the centre of where he would later go on to rule.

 

His father, Paul Jobs who worked as a Coast Guard veteran and machinist, also had an interest in electronics and would show his young son from the confines of the family garage (the birthplace of Apple) how to take electronic devices a part, and then have the confidence to put them all back together.

 

Paul Jobs could have had fishing as a hobby, but once again the Steve Jobs biography shows that the skills that he would later utilize to such astonishing success were laid before him.

 

Yes of course, he needed the interest and persistence to make these skills work, but Steve Jobs was nothing but tenacious when that interest was in evidence.

 

A completely different Steve Jobs, to the one we would see throughout his career when he was bored, or things didn't quite go his way!

 

And those opposing, and not so dynamic and conscientious personality traits, were more than evident to everyone during his schooling. Steve Jobs was an innovative thinker. He could see things long before most people had started to even consider there was even something to be seen.

 

Which meant that during school, he struggled with the confines of formal schooling, and the structure of his lessons which as we all know, more often than not are anything but innovative.

 

The young Steve Jobs, would attempt to keep himself entertained by playing pranks and creating mischief, even once being bribed by his fourth grade teacher to get his head down and study. 

 

But there was no getting away from the fact that being born to two University graduates had provided him with the genes of intelligence. And school tests, even from a boy who had little interest in the work were a breeze. He would sail through the testing with such apparent ease that the school administrators were keen to push him ahead to High School, which his parents were reluctant to sanction.

 

So already at school age, the Steve Jobs biography shows that we have a child who is living smack bang in the middle of the soon to be formed Silicon Valley, had an interest in electronics, possessed an innovative and questioning mind, and was born in 1955.

 

And this last fact is probably one of the most interesting of all, as Malcom Gladwell attested to in his bestselling book the Outliers” in the chapter “Timing Is Everything”

 

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen was born in 1953, Apple founder Steve Jobs in 1955, Sun Microsystems founders Bill Joy and Scott McNealy in 1954, Bill Gates in 1955.

 

Which made them the prime age when the first do it yourself home computers came to market in 1975. 

 

Old enough to see the potential, and risk their futures by working on what someone already established in a career in computers would consider too much a risk to take on. 

 

But not old enough to be already settled down with children and responsibilities, frightened to take the leap of faith and risk what they had already gained in life. 

 

All of them fascinated with what was in front of them, and on their own paths to becoming household names in computing, making them richer than anyone could hope to be.

 

So we are building quite a list of dots on the Join Up Dots timeline, and of course the Steve Jobs biography.

 

We can now add perfect timing of his birth, to the perfect location, an interest in electronics, questioning mind, and a passion to go against the norm. 

 

We can almost see already, the Steve Jobs that we would see a few years later, in the young man huddled over a box of wires and fuses.

 

But no matter how inspired and intellectual a person is, they will need the support of others. 

 

And Steve Jobs found this when he was introduced to Steve Wozniak, who became his future business partner.

 

The two hit it off straight away, and as Wozniak spoke about in a 2007 interview, it was obvious from the start that the two had similar outlooks and passions. Passions that back in the early years of the 1970’s very few people had.

 

As he says “We both loved electronics and the way we used to hook up digital chips. And very few people, especially back then, had any idea what chips were, how they worked and what they could do. I had designed many computers, so I was way ahead of him in electronics and computer design, but we still had common interests. We both had pretty much sort of an independent attitude about things in the world.” 

 

And that was how Steve Jobs life was throughout High School. Limited interest in what was happening within the education system, but along with Wozniack fascinated and consumed by the potential outside its walls.

 

And now in the Steve Jobs biography we arrive at that definitive time in his life. 

 

The definitive time in everyone's life. They are now ready to go out into the world as young adults and create their own paths.

 

Would Steve Jobs follow the course that so many people follow and play it safe, getting a job just because it's money in the bank, following in the footsteps of his father, or would he strive boldly into a new future, and create his legacy.

 

Well surprisingly Steve Jobs did neither, and even against a background off disinterest in studying and education, Steve Jobs enrolled in Reed College in Portland Oregon.

 

This appears a decision that was not well thought out, as Steve Jobs quickly realised that he wasn't suited for further education and made the decision to drop out of college and do his own thing.

 

And that thing was to start attending classes that he thought would be interesting. 

 

He would choose classes to attend, just because he was intrigued by their content, not because how they would look on his resume.

 

One of those classes, as Steve Jobs recounted once again in the Stanford Commencement address changed his life. The course was in calligraphy, and developed the love of typography that he brought to the world in such a dramatic and successful way with his first foray into the home computer market.

 

As he said to the students hanging on his every word on that day “None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But 10 years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, it's likely that no personal computer would have them. If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do. Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backward 10 years later.”

 

In 1974, the Steve Jobs biography shows, what you would think was a great starting point to his career as a computer genius, and the young Jobs accepted a position with the promising and innovative games company Atari, as a video game designer.

 

Atari would go onto to dominate the home games console market in the late seventies and early eighties, with children across the world clambering for one of these wooden boxes that they could plug into their television sets. The demand was astonishing.

 

But Steve Jobs would not play a big part of the success of the company, as just six months later he quit, to go and find himself by traveling the huge continent of India, high on drugs most of the time.

 

When he did return to the United States of America it was now 1976, Steve Jobs was twenty years old and about get serious about what he saw the future of home computing to be. 

 

Alongside his friend Steve Wozniak, still spending hours and hours inside the Jobs family garage, they would create what would grow to become the most valuable company on Earth.

 

The two friends set to work experimenting with the knowledge that they had fostered, more often than not unknowingly throughout their lives. 

 

The hours spent fiddling with chips, and electronic circuit boards as a hobby, now finding its true importance in their lives.

 

Which is of course one of the truths of every episode of Join Up Dots. 

 

Perceived failures, or what seemed like pure time wastage can later on turn out to be the holder of the very thing that you are looking for. 

 

And that was certainly the case with young Mr Steve Jobs.

 

However greatness does not appear without a belief and a willingness to take risks. And the Steve Jobs biography is littered with incidents where he seemed to have the desire to go further and quicker than anyone else around him would consider acceptable..  

 

Selling his Volkswagen bus, whilst his friend Wozniak sold his beloved scientific computer they funded their fledgling enterprise, and began to work changing the world. Empowering every home to believe they could posses their own computer, which several years previously would have been thought an impossible dream.

 

With Jobs in charge of marketing— Apple, which they decided to call their untested enterprise, initially marketed the computers for $666.66 each. The Apple I earned the corporation around $774,000. Three years after the release of Apple's second model, the Apple II, the company's sales increased by 700 percent, to $139 million. 

 

Not bad for two guys, who just three years before were unsure as to which direction their future would go.

 

However this was simply the beginning of what Apple was to become and in 1980, Apple Computer became a publicly traded company, with a market value of $1.2 billion.

 

By the end of its very first day of trading, and buoyed by its success Jobs looked to find someone with the business acumen and vision to drive the company to even greater heights, and made the decision to bring marketing expert John Sculley of Pepsi-Cola in as the President of Apple.

 

A decision that among all the decisions made in the Steve Jobs biography was as bad for Steve as it could possibly be. 

 

A decision that would bring Steve Jobs to one of the lowest points of his life, being told to leave the company he had founded. 

 

Steve Jobs was sacked from Apple.

 

Direct download: Bonus-Steve-Jobs-Part-One.mp3
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Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast is a man who from his hometown of Calgary Canada, is on a mission similar to most of our guests.

In fact it should be the mission that everyone of us who listen into Join Up Dots should be on everyday.

He is committed to studying, understanding and helping others achieve more, in less time.

If you want to better your life, your career or business, and of course your results, then there is no better way than to focus in on the needs of others.

As the late Zig Ziglar once said, "You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want" which seems to be a great principle to live by, and is certainly working for todays guest.

And so for nearly two decades, he has travelled and advised people from across the continent and around the globe, from Fortune 500 leadership teams, to high achievers from all walks of life.

So how did he know that he could see a problem that had been anchoring people to the future they were not keen on, and blow it to pieces?

And does he find that he still has many of the issues that his clients have, but has managed to work to reduce them, or does he still carry around self limiting baggage?

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 Shawn Shewchuck

Direct download: 386-Shawn-Shewchuk.mp3
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Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots podcast interview is Mr Brian Holmes, a man who has many irons in the fire on a daily basis.

He is an author of the book “The Ties That Bind”, the founder and President of Strategic Living Institute, Brian A Holmes Ministries and the Strategic Leadership Forum, where he inspires everyone to find that thing that we were put on this earth to do.

He even has his own weekly podcast, that bind it all together.

As he says “Success is waking up in the morning and bounding out of bed because there’s something out there that you love to do, that you believe in, that you’re good at – something that’s bigger than you are, and you can hardly wait to get at it again.”

So how long did it take Brian Holmes to find the freedom ill this way?

And is it a process that we can all learn, or do people more often than not stumble unknowingly into the path that they should be taking?

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 Brian Holmes.

Direct download: 385-Brian-Holmes.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:01am UTC

John Lee Dumas: How The Host Of Entrepreneur On Fire Joined Up His Dots (Bonus Episode)

John Lee Dumas is an inspiration to many people across the world, who hear him talk on a daily basis with entrepreneurs, businessman and the movers and shakers of the world.

He is the host of the award winning daily podcast, Entrepreneur On Fire, which since its birth back in September 2012, has lead the way in what can be achieved in the world of podcasting.

John Lee Dumas podcast interviewJohn Lee Dumas was not the obvious choice to become the man behind the mic, but as we always see on Join Up Dots, when you look back over the life of the person, you can see how the dots join up clearly.

And this is certainly the case with John Lee Dumas.

John Dumas was born as he says in his own words “A simple country boy from the State of Maine” and throughout his childhood was a child who was an extremely active and popular child.

The son of a preacher man, John Lee Dumas, or John Lee as his parents called him liked nothing more than hitting the school playground everyday, and indulging in kickball with his mates.

And growing up in a state where his childhood years were spent on lakes in the summer and ski mountains in the winters, it is with little surprise that when his childhood years had past, he didn’t actively seek a job behind a desk, which is where you can find him much of the time working today on Entrepreneur On Fire, but instead went for something far more active.

Active in body, and active for his country, as in 2002 he entered the military and for the next eight years, John Lee Dumas performed the role as Captain, and Armor and logistics officer for Uncle Sam.

And this is one of those dots on the Join Up Dots timeline, that helps pinpoint the success of Entrepreneur on Fire.john leed dumas podcast interview

Whilst in the military, John Lee Dumas was trained in structure, planning, organisation and effectiveness, all brilliantly useful as a soldier, but equally useful as a high flying Entrepreneur.

So many people point to the success of his seven day per week podcast Entrepreneur On Fire, and ask how can you record so many episodes and not burn out?

Which John Lee Dumas quite candidly will point out, is down to the skills that he learnt during his time in the armed forces, which he has utilised to such brilliant effect with Entrepreneur On Fire and his other income producing business spin offs.

An interesting fact about John Lee’s time in the military was that he became the first platoon in America to perform a tour of duty in Iraq, during the conflict there in the early two thousands.

For thirteen months, he worked tirelessly supporting his platoon, and building up his commitment to the task, until it was time to say goodbye to Captain John Lee Dumas, and say hello to the civilian version, that was to become anything but as effective as his previous incarnation.

The transition from the military was not an easy one to perform, and John Lee Dumas points out in his own words, that he was searching for something that could replace the self worth that he had felt previously.

As he says “My transition was brutal and different compared to others’. I thought I had everything mapped out. My father is a lawyer so I immediately thought that law would be a great profession for me to move into. I applied to law school and got accepted for the fall of next year. Before that I knew I would spend the year traveling. What I should have looked at people out there in the civilian world who were veterans and non-veterans that were actually doing things that inspired me. I should have tried to find out how I could have learned from these people. I wish I turned it in that direction.”

So in those words we can already see the makings of the John Lee Dumas podcast king that we can see today.

Before Entrepreneur On Fire was even an idea to be hatched, he was looking for structure, organization, and the ability to inspire and be inspired.

He was prepared to ignite, although at that stage John Lee Dumas was still looking in completely the wrong direction to find that spark.

Interestingly across the world, there is a similar path to how we live our lives, and it has become very much a theme of Join Up Dots.

When growing up we get told what to do, by parents, teachers, mentors, scoutmasters, the list goes on.

And so it’s with little surprise that the time comes for us to make a decision as to what we want to do with our lives, and we have no idea.

How can we know, when for the first twenty years we have barely made a decision for ourselves?

And that is where John Lee Dumas found himself, and after a gap year travelling the world and feeling lost and liberated all at the same time he returned, and entered into the world’s favourite career destination.

He followed that path that he had already seen travelled by his father, and enrolled to become a lawyer, which turned out to be one of the world’s worst mistakes, at least it did for John Lee Dumas.

John Dumas seems to react strongly to emotions and feelings, and will fight back quicker and more determinedly than most people.

Most would discover that they didn’t like something slowly, and then decide to remove themselves from that pain slowly too.

John, realised on that very first day that he hated it, and knew that what he had enrolled for was a massive error of judgement on his part. Without any idea of what he wanted to do, or what he wanted to become he quit at the end of the first semester.

He had to face his parents, his friends, his colleagues, ex-students, and worse of all himself.

In very short time he had gone from being a Captain in the military that people looked up to, and reacted strongly to his positive messages to someone that he couldn’t even respect himself.

John Lee Dumas, here is another one of your dots.

The self-worth that you now feel and strive everyday to grow within your listeners was gone.

You were being given the clearest clue that you were the ideal avatar to what you would become.

You were a person that needed to feel “On Fire” and love every second of your life.

Self-worth, passion, a clear message, followers, structure and organisation had been planted within him, and very soon those dots would explode, and Entrepreneur On Fire would be realized.

But still we have a few more dots to cover before we get to the true path of John Lee Dumas, Host of the award winning “Entrepreneur On Fire”.

John Lee Dumas Podcast InterviewIn 2008, John joined the company John Hancock and set about rebuilding his life, confidence and belief that he had something worthwhile to offer.

Entering the world of corporate finance John Lee Dumas, found that he had a natural talent for making money and quickly became seen as someone new to look out for.

For eighteen months his star was on the rise, and the decision makers of John Hancock knew that they had someone that was worth investing in.

They had an employee on fire!

But, as we see time and time again with John Lee Dumas, if it doesnt feel right, then no matter how much money or success is coming his way it still won’t make it right.

And on the day when he realised that he had survived a series of staff cuts during the downturn in the economy, the heads of John Hancock told them all “If you are not with us 100% then walk away because we are only going to work with people that want us”.

And instead of being relieved that he had a job, a career path, and a company that was willing to make big decisions, John Lee Dumas took what seems a remarkable decision.

A great one with hindsight, but one that from the outsider’s viewpoint appears as almost lunacy.

He realised that he wasn’t 100% with them, and although now earning a good income, with a new condo in Boston, told the company “Enough is enough” and walked away into the unknown and complete insecurity again.

Different roles came and went during the next four years, and John Lee Dumas traveled the length and breadth of the country, performing roles that were not him.

He switched roles, direction, and salaries and no matter what he tried the path that we had already seen was screaming out for him, was just not visible to his own eyes.

He didn’t realise that he had a mission to inspire.

He had words waiting to be spoken to a global audience.

He had followers ready to be led.

And then one day, in the most unexpected of locations, the tyres of John Lee Dumas’s car rolled another two inches and found the path that he was looking for.

On just another seemingly normal drive to perform the role of Commercial Real Estate broker for the The Dunham Group, the big dot arrived in John’s life.

The tyres had found traction on what would become the starting point of Entrepreneur On Fire.

During all the time driving around America, John lee Dumas had fortuitously consumed podcasts to pass the time, and to help him feel inspired and motivated.

He loved them, and had his favorites that were to be his daily companions, as he burnt up the miles of American roadway.

The familiar voices, that had become the soundtrack to his life.

But one day, these friends fell quiet.

The voices that had accompanied him for hour upon hour, now had nothing more to say.

He looked through his MP3 player and realised that he had run out. Such was his desire for listen to the learnings, speeches or just plain fun and informative conversations that John Lee Dumas had exhausted his supply.

He was consuming quicker than the hosts could deliver the content.

“Why can’t there be daily shows seven day per week?” mused John Lee Dumas, as he switched on the radio to listen to several hours of Miley Cyrus and musical fluff.

BOOM!!!

He had found it. He had joined up his dots, and found his path.

If no one else was delivering content seven days per week, then why couldn’t he?

Why couldn’t he be the first guy to do the unthinkable and create more content than people could consume.

And with that thought, lots of uncertainty, and no idea what he would even call this vision, Entrepreneur On Fire was born.

Now several years later, the humble beginnings of this award winning podcast are far to be seen in the rear view mirror of John Lee Dumas car.

With downloads of 1,000,000 per month, income exceeding $250,000 per month, and keynote presentations, and media appearances across the world, John Dumas is on fire.

He has joined up all his dots, and now seven day per week is helping others find their own.

So do you think that you can push through so much uncertainty and disappointment?

Do you think that you have what it takes to follow the voices in your own head, and create your own path?

Well if you do then there is one thing to say.

Reader “You are prepared to ignite”

For more information on John Lee Dumas EOfire podcast go to:

EOFire | Entrepreneur on FIRE | Chats with Tim Ferriss, Gary Vaynerchuk, Tony Robbins and inspiring Entrepreneurs 7-days a week

Awarded 'Best of iTunes', EOFire is a 7-day a week Podcast where John Lee Dumas chats with todays most successful Entrepreneurs. Pat Flynn, Seth Godin, Tim Ferriss, Tony Robbins and Gary Vaynerchuk are just 5 of the over 1400 interviews to date. EOFire was created for YOU, the Entrepreneur, Side-Preneur, Solo-Preneur and Small Business Owner. If you're looking for ACTIONABLE advice during your daily commute, workout, or ‘me’ time, JLD brings the HEAT. Each episode details the journey of a successful Entrepreneur who shares their WORST Entrepreneurial moment and lessons learned, an AH-HA moment and how they turned that idea into success, and much more. Each episode ends with THE LIGHTNING ROUND where JLD extracts golden nuggets, Internet resources and action steps for you, FIRE NATION!

Direct download: John-Lee-Dumas-Bonus2.mp3
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Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots podcast interview is Mr Marc Ensign, did me a huge favour, before he has even appeared on the show, by basically writing the shows introduction for me.

Normally, I do all the research and spin it all together, but when you go to their linkedIn and about page and start laughing straight away, then why write the thing yourself.

So in his own words "I’ve had a bit of a whirlwind of a career over the past 20 years that all began as a well known Broadway musician.

I’ve always been an entrepreneur by nature. I really didn’t have much of a choice as I was pretty much fired from every job I had as a kid for always insisting on doing things my way.

As it turns out, companies generally don’t like it when you do that…unless of course you own the company, so I started my own company. Successfully promoting my way to Broadway as a musician told me that I had a real knack for marketing, so in 2001 I picked up a copy of PhotoShop and started a website design and search engine optimization company called Sound-n-Vision.

For over 11 years now I have been directly involved in the success of well over 1,000 organizations from local Mom and Pop shops to Internet startups to non-profits to Fortune 500 Companies and everything in between by helping them to develop new strategies for success using website design, search engine optimization and social media.

With all of the success I have been able to achieve for my clients, I figured that it was a natural transition to share my real world experience and expertise on successful Internet Marketing strategies with people from all walks of life.

Marc Ensign describes his style of writing and speaking as "Internet Marketing Without the Geek Speak" meaning that I have a gift for taking otherwise complex subjects like search engine optimization, social media marketing, blogging, increasing conversion rates and other marketing strategies and breaking them down in a way that anyone can easily understand and take immediate action on.

This is a man who has found a passion where he didn't originally see that he had one?

And like me, Marc also struggles with spelling the word definitely every time he types it.

So has he created the skill that has led to his successful online business, by simply working harder than most at practicing his art?

He has found the freedom to become more of himself

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 super entrepreneur and businessman Marc Ensign

Direct download: 384-Marc-Ensign.mp3
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Todays show brings Cathi Hargaden, onto the Join Up Dots Podcast interview who is an expert in a subject that most of us have heard about, but few of us totally understand.

Cathi has built a lifestyle business around the ancient principle of Feng Shui.

Developed over 3,000 years ago in China, Feng Shui is a complex body of knowledge that reveals how to balance the energies of any given space to assure health and good fortune for people inhabiting it.

Cathi Hargaden can teach us such skills as How to improve our lives by clearing out our clutter and allowing space into our properties.

How to double our success by ensuring our internal and external compasses are aligned.

And if that doesn't make you prick up your ears, then how about How to attract the vibrational energy of money, wealth, health and happiness into your life using the principles of Feng Shui.

Now I know that many of my listeners perhaps maybe dismissive of such stuff, but this is going to be  a fascinating conversation as to how Cathi Hargaden has built a business around a passion, which has taken Cathi Hargaden from her home in the UK to teaching these principles across the world.

And now with both Wealthy Spaces and Healthy Spaces gaining more and more exposure and clients, since beginning over 15 years ago, she has certainly found the passion that lights her up inside and of course pays the bills too.

So when did this ancient principle first come into her life, and did she like so many people at first query its validity?

And did Cathi see an instant business opportunity or did the realisation that she should could gain income delay itself?

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 entrepreneur Cathi Hargaden.

Direct download: 383-Cathi-Hargarden.mp3
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 Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast, is Kellie Hill, who is a lovely lady who is radiating health and wellness, and looks like the world is great around her.

But that hasn't always been the case, as she is a survivor of both heart attacks and a stroke.

And honestly, I was shocked when I discovered that fact, as I don't know what I expect heart attack survivors to look like, but its not our guest.

But from that point, her life appears to have sped up with multiple appearances on television and becoming the international radio talk show host of Eat Well To Live Well With Kellie Hill.

You see, once she had her health issues, Kellie has become the muse of neurologists and hematologists across the world, who concluded that her health diets saved her life more than once.

And this is one of those fascinating dots on the join up dots timeline, as was she already on the path to now, or did she need these life shockers to really show her the way?

Well we find out all about her healthy diet philosophy during the show, because is that there is no one-size fits all diet, but there are changes everyone can make in order to improve their health,

Because of each one of is different, most diets will work for some people and not for others, so its important to understand your own body and its need in order to attain optimal health

So how did she find out the fuel that makes her go off like a rocket, and learn the foods that are the best for her?

And does she look back at the strokes, and heart attacks as a good thing now, or just something that she hopes she never has to go through again?

Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Kellie Hill.

Direct download: 382-Kellie-Hill.mp3
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Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired business show is a man who knows a thing or two about having a laugh.

And unusually believes that laughter is a great way to develop leadership in most environments.

But does this have to be an unusual approach in business, or should showing a sense of humour in the work place, be the perfect way to find freedom in our lives, reduce stress, inspire others, and of course to show that you are in control?

Well for over 15 years, our guest toured America as he excelled in one of the hardest entrepreneurial routes you can take, that of the stand-up comic. Honing his craft.

Where the ability to learn from complete silence, and take the nights when everything goes wrong, helps you find your natural self, and ultimately bring laughter to any audience.

And why did he do this?

Well he knew he had to overcome his fear of public speaking to build the kind of careers that he wanted, after meeting a gentleman at a toastmasters meeting he knew it was down to him to beat this fear.

He was told  “The only way to get better at building the careers that you want is to do it.”

As he says, “Everybody in this world has a story to tell and they should share their stories. I believe we learn how to overcome adversity when we share our stories.”

And he is doing that to great effect, and  bringing smiles and laughter to everyone he meets?

So can he remember the nights when every joke went down like a lead balloon?

And did he know at those times that he was learning a valuable lesson towards building his perfect lifestyle, or was it just “How long till I can get off this stage?”

Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only entrepreneur Mr Ray Engan

Direct download: 381-Ray-Engan.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:01am UTC

Todays Bonus episode of Join Up Dots responds to an email from a listener, but of course answers something that we all struggle with. How do we stop our dreams being crushed. How do we Protect the Dreams?

Dear Join Up Dots team,

Thanks for the amazing resource you have created and the content that you are giving to us all.

My head has literally been spinning with ideas and possibilities as to the life I can have.

My problem is I feel alone when I talk about these things.

I don't have anyone that shares the same dreams, so the responses I have got has been underwhelming to say the least.

I have heard you talk about your virtual friends is this the way forward. Should I foget about real people who seem not to undertand

Alll the best
Mike Clinton
Maryland
USA

Direct download: Bonus_-_Protect_Those_Dreams.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Podcast 380: Dianne Collins: An Author Providing The World A Quantum Leap In Education

Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on Steve Jobs inspired motivation packed podcast Join Up Dots is a lady who has always been someone that looks at the world with different eyes.

When the rest of us, are accepting what we see and going along with the status quo, she is questioning.

Questioning how we can do things differently, leading to a better world for all of us.

When she was 15 years old, she realised that she was living in a world where people were making weapons to kill each other with, and the world thought that was ok.

And with one thought “There has to be another way of creating this world” she set off on the path she is on today.

And now as the hugely successful author of the book Do You QuantumThink?: New Thinking That Will Rock Your World she has become a media personality as she speaks across the world on the subject of changing our thinking, to a new way.

With her 21 principles that connect us to living our full potential, she is a lady on a mission to change us all.

So I suppose one of the key questions, is how does she find the motivation to overcome the old world thinking that so many people have when being confronted by anything new?

And does she see that as the older generations are slipping further away from the cutting edge of today, that her message is being received more easily than it has ever been before? 

Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Dianne Collins

Direct download: 380-Dianne-Collins.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 4:00am UTC