Mon, 16 November 2015
Today's guest joining us on Join Up Dots is a man who unusually for most of the guests who we interview appears to have a nice neat journey to where he is today.
In fact it almost appears a game of two halves, with the first half finding his true self, by working for the man as a Fund Manager, and the second becoming the on-line Financial Mentor at Financialmentor.com.
But this probably would be a bit simplistic.
But it is true that at his core he had an entrepreneurial spirit running through him.
He knew what he wanted from his life and worked constantly towards that, allowing him to retire at the age of 35.
And this is the fascinating part of his life.
From effectively saying job done, that's me finished he now appear busier than ever, with coaching, on-line courses, training and a myriad of other forms helping his clients achieve the same standard of life that he has.
He is doing the fun stuff, that he is very very good at and loving his life
He has become a millionaire by providing massive value to the world, and now has the life that he wants.
As he says in his own words "The reason I choose an ordinary but comfortable lifestyle is because I prefer to build net worth instead of overhead so I can enjoy freedom instead of flash. I didn’t pursue wealth so that I could buy everything I wanted: I pursued wealth so I could do whatever I desired, and be whatever I was capable of being. I value experience over stuff.
I’ve never wanted the mansions, private jets, flashy sports cars, and other encumbrances that the get-rich-quick gurus try to sell you on. I’m too environmentally conscious to consume at such a wasteful level. Besides, that is the mistaken pursuit of material wealth as a substitute for happiness. It doesn't work."
So do the dots in his life join up as neatly as they appear or are there many trials and tribulations leading to where he is today?
And does he see now that the quickest route to success is not through the bank account, but in fact a deeper understanding of one's self?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Todd Tressider
Fri, 13 November 2015
My guest entrepreneur following the words of Steve Jobs today on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who has a myriad of careers since heading out into the big wide world back in 1980.
Ranging from Project Manager for a Research Company to Owner (code for as she says "everything that people don't want to do") and Manager (code for "how to get people to do what they don't want to do") of a salon spa, through to her current position as author, speaker and owner of several self development companies that she runs concurrently.
In fact since leaving academia she has created over ten different companies, which has given her the kind of schooling in what works and what doesn't, most people would take a lifetime to gain.
And what makes this knowledge even more remarkable is at its core it seems to me that this lady isn't too focused on business.
She has huge motivation to build success and a lifestyle for her clients, by working with business as simply a home for ideas, relationships, action taking and belief.
A home containing everything that the humans in it can dream and start building
There is a distinct vibe of knowing that the only thing that can hold anyone back is themselves, and this passion has been sought after by companies individuals and audiences across the world, who listen to her speeches, by her books and enter her courses.
So was she always a people person, or has she developed those skills through the rough and tumble of business?
And does she see the entrepreneurial mood growing stronger in the world, as more and people like her tell it as it is "The safest way is by taking action. Consistent action based on personal beliefs?"
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the late Steve Jobs, with the one and only super entrepreneur Wendy Lipton-Dibner
Wed, 11 November 2015
Podcast 450: Candace Rose Rardon: Taking The Leap Of Faith & Then Sketching The World Through New Eyes
It's with great delight that I get to speak to Candace Rose Rardon, a lady, who was first introduced me to a guest who appeared way back on episode 15 of the show Mike Sowden.
After the show without hesitation he told me, you have to get this lady on the show "as she is having an affair!"
Well actually, I don't know if he did say that, but they are the first words that you see on her website "The Great Affair"
But what does this mean?
Well let's tell you more about her, as you will see this lady is seriously in love with life, travel and her art, and experiencing life not just living it.
She is an writer, sketch artist, and illustrator, and now calls the world her muse.
She travels with a passion to capture not just the images, and architecture of the world, but also the flavour and emotions too.
This makes her unique in my view.
She is someone that shows us through her words and also her amazing sketches how she sees the world.
Her character and personality shines out through her work, like no photograph can ever capture.
So how did this all start, well we find out during the show.
But like my own life has been changed by the Steve Jobs "Join Up Dots" speech, it there to see that hers was changed by the words of Joseph Campbell who once said "We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”
And now in her own words, "Seven years ago, I hesitantly took Campbell’s advice. I let go of the life I had planned and opened myself to the myriad possibilities the world has to offer. While stepping off the edge of my safe existence into the unknown was a terrifying prospect, I also had a feeling that something incredible awaited me if I could take that initial leap of faith.
Life has been a crazy adventure ever since."
So what is it about travel that lights her up, and is it all plain sailing or are their times that she longs for a cubicle in a grey office somewhere?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only entrepreneur and artist, Candace Rose Rardon.
Mon, 9 November 2015
Entrepreneurs like today's guest, joining us on Join Up Dots podcast interview have quite simply trod a path to freedom, that so many of us tread at first when going after the dream.
She found the motivation to start working on building her dream, she slowly began instead to build a nightmare in its place.
Unreasonably long hours, hunched over her laptop, she worked 3 jobs, saying goodbye to her friends and weekends and quite simply wondered "What was the point in doing this?
But at the point of darkness, when things cant get any darker you have two choices
Number one sit down and stay in the dark, or number two push on until the dark is replaced by light and you come blazing out into your sun filled future.
Well that is what out guest did, and instead of remaining in the dark she realised that it was time to learn from the best.
She looked at the dream careers of others and went after it.
So she studied the best entrepreneurs, thought leaders and guys and ladies who looked like they were having a blast. And little by little she turned her life around and now this former PR and marketing strategist and Music editor inspires people across the world to consume passion like its going out of fashion.
Become a passion junkie she literally shouts across the world, and live a life so great that others will wonder how you did it.
Leave them wondering she says and in her own words "When life gives you lemons, make orange juice and leave the world wondering how you did it."
So how did this lady from Italy, find herself inspiring the world?
And do you need to be inspire yourself first and foremost, or is it others that light your own personal spark?
Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only super entrepreneur Fab Giovanetti.
Fri, 6 November 2015
Today’s guest entrepreneur joining us on he Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who has the answers to many of the problems that afflict us in the working world.
The aches and pains that we just put down to our jobs and our lifestyles.
The creaks and groans we make when we roll out of bed each morning, seem to be something that this lady has well….I guess put firmly to bed.
But this wasn’t always the case and like most of us she put up with chronic shoulder pain for over ten years, as she sat in front of the pc and bashed away for hour upon hour.
Now she believes that we all have a right to movement, and by focusing in on the way we move everyday we will put ourselves in a far better position to achieve, good health, good wealth and a pretty great life everyday.
She is lives in Singapore, and is the owner, investor and director of several businesses in the fitness industry, the author of Born to Move: 5 Steps to Achieve Mobility Fitness & Say Goodbye to Aches and Pains and now the owner of the Bodytree Asia’s first ever Adult Gymnastic Strength Building Studio.
As she says “Success can’t be sweet when your body is tired and in pain”.
So does she now look back at those ten years in pain, and think “What was I doing? Why did I let it go on for so long?”
And is the world getting in a worse shape than ever before, or does she see a realisation that “Yep, we need to start moving people”?
Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only inspiration, Lay Yong Ooi
Fri, 6 November 2015
Today's bonus episode of Join Up Dots poses a big question.
The type of question that every single listener of Join Up Dots needs to ask themselves at least once a week.
How much do you want it?
When you are sitting on your sofa, half watching the television wishing you were somewhere else in your life?
When you are at a job that leaves you flat, and the money isn't what you want it to be?
How much do you want to change it?
Do you really want the dream-life that we show time and time again.
Because today your host David Ralph said goodbye to two high level coaching clients, who over a period of a few weeks were unable to put in the effort to change their situation.
They were willing to put in all the effort to find a series of excuses, but not the time to change the obstacles into opportunities.
And that is the killer.
Why is it that people are willing to make all the time in the world for things that on the surface aren't important.
They will find the time to have a drink with their friends.
They will find the time to watch the last few episodes of that box-set of TV programmes that a friend lent them.
But finding the time to change their own lives and make their future remarkable.....no.
So this episode of Join Up Dots asked the simple question "How much do you want it?"
Are you willing to do the hard stuff to savour the sweet taste of success?
If you are then contact us at Join Up Dots, or connect with us on Facebook and tell us "Yes I am ready!!!"
And we will meet you halfway!
Wed, 4 November 2015
Today's show is another departure from the standard Join Up Dots format.
In this show your host discusses and answers a question by a Join Up Dots listener who asks....
"Hi David, hope you are well.
Could you advise me do you think that a podcast is a great way of beginning in business or do you think I should create the business first?
All the best
And if you have time, what would be the best bit of advice that you have received from any of your guests?"
David answers this question, in his normal contagious manner, adding a few laughs into the mix.
And the answer may not be what you would expect a podcaster to deliver.
So sit back and enjoy, and if you would like to drop him a line and get your own message or question presented on a future episode of Join Up Dots then firstname.lastname@example.org
Mon, 2 November 2015
Today’s guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast interview is a man who since 2006 has performed the role of Chief Executive of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) in the United Kingdom.
Now if that’s doesn’t mean anything to you, then let’s give you an understanding of the mission, and of course the size of the task that he has taken on.
The RSA Boldly state this as “creating the conditions for the enlightened thinking and collaborative action needed to address today’s most pressing social challenges.
We serve this mission by acting as a global hub, by enabling millions of people to access the most creative ideas, by nurturing networks of innovators, and through researching, testing and sharing practical interventions.”
So if you are sitting at your desk, thinking big dreams, and craving the individual freedom to make your own decisions then you have already tapped into this mission.
You are our guests target audience.
You are someone who is eager to live a creative life.
But how do you do it?
How do you go against the status quo and the conditioning of life.
How do you start moving towards something that seems at the start too big for you to create?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Matthew Taylor.
Fri, 30 October 2015
Today's guest joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a woman who loves nothing more than ensuring high performing teams in organisations across the world.
She believes that all teams should be well oiled engines, lubricated by honest and meaningful communication between its members.
This is the mission of her San Francisco based company Double Forte, which over the last few years has positioned itself as one of the key companies to turn to in the event of a company needing to find ways to up its game.
What is interesting with this lady is although she has created this company, and so is in effect an employee, at her core she is quite obviously an entrepreneur with hustle muscle running through her big time.
Starting her working life back in 1988 as the Account Executive to the Account Supervisor for The Weber Group, she moved through quite a few positions quickly, as her ambitions forced her to find her true calling.
And it seems now that she has found it, and with her acclaimed book "Millennials & Management: The Essential Guide to Making it Work at Work", where she shares what's she's learned from leading big, medium and small teams and companies over the last 20 years selling well, her history seems to be connecting nicely.
Or said in another way it appears that she is well and truly joining up her dots.
So when she joined the work force back in 1988, did she have a plan to lead her to where she is today, or has it occurred organically over the years?
And are there common themes that she finds time and time again with non-producing teams?
Well lets find out as we start joining up dots with the lady that says "I'm a straight talker who doesn't hold too many punches, although I try to be pleasant about it." the one and only Lee Caraher
Wed, 28 October 2015
Today's guest is a lady who has been on a bit of a journey in her professional life, to find the thing that she loves doing.
Now known as a marketing strategy consultant, professional speaker, and frequent writer to the Harvard Business Review, TIME, Entrepreneur, and the World Economic Forum blog, it seems from the outside that she had a master plan from an early age.
A step by step blueprint to success and the life that she is living today.
But then you read in her words this interesting section detailing the life before it all came together and you can see that this is far from the truth.
As she say "I grew up in a very small town in North Carolina – pre-Internet era – and felt incredibly frustrated with the lack of opportunities and like-minded people. I left home early to head to college, so I could get a jump-start on doing the things I cared about, like getting a masters degree in theology and becoming a political reporter, presidential campaign spokesperson, nonprofit executive director, and documentary film-maker.
In 2006, I launched my marketing strategy consulting business, and eventually started writing, speaking professionally, and teaching for business schools. I’m passionate about helping others take control of their professional lives and make an impact on the world, and have written two books – Reinventing You and the Stand Out – to help make that a reality."
And the key word being "eventually"
She took action, worked hard, undoubtedly hustled until eventually it all come together and she became being who she is today.
So looking back to her younger days, would she still leave home early or would she take a different road to where she is today?
And what would be the biggest learning that he has gained over the last few years?
Well let's find out as we bring onto the show, to start joining up the dots with the one and only Dorie Clark.