Fri, 9 October 2015
Today's guest joining us on the Join Up Dots show is a lady with a really eclectic career.
In fact it's more like a group of careers, which has lead her to where she is today.
She has worked as a radio and TV script-writer and a children's author for approaching 30 years.
Her CV includes penning 2 series of an original prime-time BBC 1 sitcom The Crouches, a 10-year stint as a core writer for Eastenders and various engagements as a film Dialogue Coach and even raising from a child the current Moneypenny in the latest James Bond series.
Yes, she is the mother of Hollywood actress Naomi Harris too.
If that is not a enough she is also an intuitive and certified healing practitioner.
Now the interesting thing for me, is how she confesses that since a small child she cold see that she was always looking for the thing that was uniquely her.
A thing that lit her up inside and made her feel that she was on a path that is hers and hers alone.
And this path, unexpectedly appeared when she visited a terminally ill young woman who rose out of a coma after she placed her hand on the woman's abdomen.
She had joined up her dots, and now with her writing, and focus on wellbeing she is connecting all the elements of the last thirty years.
So how did this lady born in Jamaica, find herself developing characters for such an English establishment as "Eastenders"?
And does she see a change in the attitudes of the world, are we getting more open minded as we look for a different way of healing and looking after ourselves?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Carmen Harris.
Wed, 7 October 2015
It's with great delight that I get to bring on to the Join Up Dots show a man from the UK, who in many ways had a background similar to myself.
A few years back he was working in London on a string of meaningless freelance jobs doing picture research, typesetting and a little design for various agencies.
He knew that he wasn't stimulating himself, so in 2006 he set up a website to start his own company in an attempt to do some of this boring work at home rather than in a boring office.
And to his delight it worked, and he worked for someone else for the last time in 2008.
By keeping blogging, creating content and doing web and graphic design work for his own clients, his business grew and grew, and then in 2012 he came to a big decision in his life.
His marriage failed in 2012, and being inspired by the words of Tim Ferriss and location independent entrepreneurs asked himself the question "Why am I living in London?"
So since September last year he has been mostly living in Thailand as well as travelling in Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines.
So does he look back at his life with totally new glasses, and think "Wow, once you start taking consistent action what a life you can create?"
And does he think that anyone can do this, or is their a huge super-talent that he has that no one else does?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Rob Cubbon
Mon, 5 October 2015
Today's episode is a combination of studio recordings and live presentation brought together as a very special episode of Join Up Dots.
On the evening of the 19th September 2015, your host David Ralph performed a live version of Join Up Dots to the National Speakers Association in Northern California.
Broadcasting from the UK to an airport in San Francisco via Skype, David brought his winning style and personality to the conference as he discussed Podcasting and the power of connecting a business by using a microphone.
But actually this episode is so much more than this presentation.
This episode of Join Up Dots is about taking imperfect action and working out what has worked afterwards.
This is about giving something a go, which could well be a home run and drive you forward to greater success, but could also go badly wrong.
You just don't know.
You see in life more often not we all look at the successes of others, and assume that they had everything worked out before they begain.
They were destined for huge success because they had the all the answers laid out in the perfect order in front of them.
But that is never the case, and all success is built on faith, belief and more than a few mistakes.
It's the mistakes that actually are the true power to success.
These are the moments when you stop for awhile and try to work out what went wrong, aiming to find the true path to the goal.
Do you always achieve your aim?
Of course not, at least not at first, but unless you are willing to take imperfect action and give it a go then you will never even find the first path (be it the wrong one!)
So today I urge everyone of you out there to look at something that you want to do, and move forward with confidence, safe in the knowledge that the worse that will happen is you need to start again and find the better way of operating.
And I am sure that we can all do that.....don't you?
Sun, 4 October 2015
In today's episode of Join Up Dots, David Ralph shares a little about what has been going on in the show over the last week, and also answers a great email from a listener in New Zealand.
It has been a strange week in the land of Join Up Dots with huge highs and lows.
The week started by hitting the highest of highs by almost getting a clean sweep on Itunes and becoming the number one show in three categories.
Yes, Business, Education, and Health was ours to look down on.
The big boys were trailing in our wake, which was a delight to behold and another step forward for the show.
But then he was hit by sickness and literally crawled from the microphone to his bed for a few days.
But did he look at this as a huge blow and disappointment or an another situation to find a positive?
Well you will find out during the show
So let's start with today's email.....which is a good one
I'm not sure what I am really writing here, but I just felt drawn to drop you a line to say first of all thank you so much for creating the show Join Up Dots.
I hadn't heard of it until recently, but now I feel like I have a lot to catch up on.
One of the things that I would like to know if you could spare the time, and I can only imagine how busy you are, is do you truly know what you are doing is right?
You seem to have so much going on, that it makes me wonder is it all right for you, or are you doing stuff because you think it should be done?
I don't know if that makes sense at all, so if it doesn't please ignore this email, but I have a feeling that I would like to start breeding miniature ponies as I have always loved them since a kid, but can't convince myself that their is a business there.
So should I just do stuff close to this passion, or dive right in.
Should I just do stuff to earn money so I can leave my job that I hate?
Any advice you can give would be gratefully received.
Palmerston North New Zealand
Fri, 2 October 2015
Today's guest entrepreneur joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast business interview is a man who quite simply it seems does things his way.
He built an amazing career for himself, and is living life to the full and experiencing in a few hours the kind of stuff that most of us wait until a vacation for.
Amazing inspiration at every turn
Born in Mendoza near the Andes in Argentina, it would seem obvious that his path would have gone the way it has in some ways, but then again we see time and time again on Join Up Dots that the obvious is not the normal.
He was born with asthma, and instead of his parents giving him medicine when he needed it and keeping him away from sport and exertion, they instead encouraged him at the age of four to go skiing.
On the mountain tops, where the air is thinner would seem a strange place to send an asthmatic child, but actually they laid the first dot in his life...the love of doing things differently.
And from that small boy, he has grown into a man who has built a career tackling the land above and below the water to bring the fragile but astonishing beauty of the world to all of us.
Mountain biking down volcanoes, diving the oceans of the world, he is inspiring a generation to take care of what we have all around us
As he said when asked about his desire to be a true adventurer "The notion of being an adventurer is great, the more adventurers we have in the world, the more nature will be respected. By getting closer to the environment – at 3000 metres watching the sunset, or being underwater with a clownfish, seeing the difference between corals that are alive and corals that are dying, we better understand the world around us. We, as humans, need to touch or see things for ourselves otherwise we can’t fully relate to them. If you don’t see something, you don’t feel it. I think that can be extended to everything. The more people that ride bikes around the world, the more people that climb mountains, the more people that get close to nature in any form, the more advocates we have for conservation.”
So is this a message that is getting through to the world, or are we all programmed by the "Well I can't do anything on my own" mentality?
And what would he choose if we only allowed him to keep doing one of his three main passions "Biking, mountain climbing or diving?"
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only exploreer and of course entrepreneur Manuel Bustelo