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Todays guest is Jo Na Williams, a lady who has been involved in the music industry since the age of five when she started belting out the tunes in musical ensembles around where she lived, and I guess grabbing hold of that hair brush in her bedroom like all small girls do.

And music seems to have always been the thing that lights her up inside, and was always going to be a key thing to her career.

And why not when her Mother was in the music industry, and worked in Detroit during the halcion days of Motown.

So being surrounded by such creative folk showing their passions and talent everyday was likely to start her vision for joining them and becoming a star too.

So she started pursuing a career as a vocalist professionally, and at the age of 17 began singing backing vocals in studios, and supporting local bands and life looked like it was only going to be heading one way.

She felt like she was on her way to being a star.

As she says “I happily stayed late nights in the studio, wrote lyrics and recorded vocals waiting for my moment to be discovered.  It never happened.  I was never credited or compensated and that was when I realized, I’d been exploited.”

And its moments like that when you feel that the world is against you, that really shows you the way that your future will be and should be.

It’s the dark dots on the Join Up Dots timeline that become the stepping stones to where you need to be.

This is where the greatest startup stories begin, when you have no other choice than to move forward with conviction.

She is now an attorney/brand and business development expert for musicians and artists.

Through her company, Artist Empowerment Group, she will do everything she can to empower you to build an authentic, unstoppable brand, a movement of raving fans and the components of being a successful entrepreneur so you can finally live your dream on YOUR terms.

She cares about musicians and artists deeply as hey, shes been there and done it and experience combined with heart makes one powerful proposition.

So what was it about the music industry that was so intoxicating for her as a young lady?

And does she see it now as the best form of apprenticeship to where she is today?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining upd ots with the one and only Jo-Na Williams

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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How many times have you thought...."I've left it too late", "I am where I am"....or the worse "Getting the dreamlife is for others"?

Well todays episode of Join Up Dots should make you think again and realise it's never too late.

The question is how much do you want it?

And what will you do to ensure that you get yourself to a point where you love greeting every day, as its an exciting 24 hours of possibilities.

Well our guest started finding his true path in life in his mid fifties.

And also it seems started enjoying himself more and more than he had ever done before too.

At the age of 56 he hit a run of bad luck.

Losing his mortgage business, being evicted from his apartment, having his car repossessed and shock of horrors, having to move in with his x-wife for a place to live, he thought he was done.

He thought that this was where he was, one of life's victims, consigned to share the misery of his lot with whoever would listen for the rest of his life.

But this wasn't the case, as he found the courage to reinvent himself.

He shook off the dark faults of failure, brushed himself down and fought back.

And now at age 60, enjoys being An Entrepreneur, Public Speaker, Trainer and Author, as well as having a series of videos on YouTube called Over 50 And Broke and a web-site with the same name.

As he says "I managed to come through it and create a new me. Can anyone do it? If you really want it bad enough. Remember "Age Should Never Be An Excuse For Not Succeeding."

So where did it all go wrong for him in the past?

And like so many of our guests, does he look back and see the dark times as now the best thing that has happened to him?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Chris Vaca

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Todays guest entrepreneur is an amazingly positive lady, who found her life turned around at the age of 50 when many are looking forward to a life of good health into their later years.

She received the diagnosis that she was a victim of Parkinsons disease, which was not the kind of words that anyone hopes to hear.

Athough in truth she didn't stay in the victim mode for long.

As after many dark days spent coming to terms with her diagnosis, her natural comic optimism and irreverence began to resurface and she started writing on her blog about the funny side of living with Parkinsons.

She shared the good the bad, the up and downs, the funny and the downright hilarious.

And alongside her loving family, set off to ensure the world knows that there is a brightside to living with this chronic illness.

Delivering her story in the form of the the best selling book Shake, Rattle & Roll With It: Living and Laughing with Parkinson's she has seen her life become a whirl of public speaking and media interviews, as the world looks to be informed about something that can happen to all of us.

She is a humor writer, author, public speaker and former newspaper columnist and regular contributor to the Huffington Post and now a guest on Join Up Dots too.

So what was it that she found in herself, that pulled herself out of the dark and despair?

And what advice would she give to the listeners who have family members dealing with this on a daily basis?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Vikki Claflin

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Todays guest on Join Up Dots is Josey Milner, a lady that has been delivering musical performances to the world since the age of seven, and I can imagine was belting them out in her bedroom even earlier than that too.

She grew up on a farm in Missouri, and could often be found hanging around the local rodeo stadiums, where she would delight in such activities as Barrel racing, and getting up on stage and singing the National Anthem to the cowboys, cowgirls and of course the audience.

There was certainly a ballsy approach to her upbringing as a small child, that has led her to take on bigger and bigger challenges as she has grown.

And those challenges have come often as she has stepped into the country music world with her well received singles “Not Pretty Enough” and the foot stomping back to rodeo roots “Cowgirls”, whilst also forming a band and playing everywhere she can.

Its the live work, that really sharpens your tools, and turns your talent into something that the world ultimately takes notice off.

But don’t just think that this is a story that is about a hugely ambitious country starlet racing her way to the top, as she is also trying her hardest to  give back to the world with a cause she is hugely passionate with, stopping bulling in childhood.

As she says “When I started doing rodeo pageants, I received a lot of criticism and backlash from other kids. It was a difficult time, but thanks to the support I had with friends and family, I was able to overcome that time period. If I can help just one person feel like they are not alone, and that things will get better, then I will have accomplished what I set out to do.”

And with a tour of schools undertaken, to speak about bullying she is taking action and inspiring youngsters throughout America to do things a different way.

So what was it about growing up in such a rough and tumble environment that has helped her on her way to Country stardom?

And can she remember how she felt on those early occasions standing on the rodeo stages and the spotlight turning in her direction?

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

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Todays guest on Join Up Dots is a man who is literally driven to change the attitudes of the world and help us to make courage decisions and lead from the front.

In 1990, after serving for two years as Assistant Executive Director for Sigma Nu International Fraternity where he produced more than 20 video programs and two international conventions for the fraternity, he had established a reputation for creating and producing effective and powerful video presentations and special events.

However, it was in 2008 when he saw the reaction to one of the films he just produced, which caused quite as stir with whoever vewied it.

It was a reaction very distinct from his other creations.

This one sparked a demand.

The reason why has showed up in each of the nearly 4,000 stories he has accumulated via live texting from his keynote audiences that view the film..

 Each story he received was heart-breaking.

Each story was filled with the shame and regret from not intervening in a moment of need.

Each story points to the pain we carry with us for the rest of our lives…pain that determines whether we will ever stick our neck out again.

Pain that impacts our own confidence and self-esteem.

It was with this realisation that the world need to take more responsibility for its actions that he created.

RESPONSE ABILITY

A movement away from the shame, regret and guilt we all feel from being bystanders to any injustice or wrongdoing.

A movement towards a whole new world where we are standing up, stepping in, and speaking out against inappropriate, abusive, and unhealthy behaviors.

A movement based on a creed that challenges us, inspires us, and moves us to action.

So why does he feel that we are world full of anti-heroes. Hoping that we don't get involved. Hoping that someone else will step in and help?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Mike Dilbeck

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Todays guest began finding his path when he was an undergraduate, when he began work studying scalar energy.

He was inspired by various scientists, Nikola Tesla being the man one, as to the existence of an energy that is not of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Which we all know about such as electricity and magnetism.

Scalar energy, however is a totally different energy form, also known as prana, chi, radiant energy, zero point energy and many others

Now I'll be honest with you I have heard off chi, and radiant energy, but that is as far as my knowledge of this subject goes, and certainly until this week I had never heard of scalar energy.

But our guest knows a thing or two, as he pursued a course of independent study in order to better understand and subsequently harness this energy form, and in particular as to how it can be used for medicinal purposes.

He believes that this energy force will become, if its not already, the driving force that we will all live by.

So how did he first get interested in a subject which is so open to ridicule and discussion?

And does he see more and more people buying into this energy force, to support his research?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start Joining Up Dots with the one and only Tom Paladino.

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Some women are go-getters.

Some women are business-minded.

Some women use their struggles as building blocks for their success.

Todays guest does all of these things.

Born in Barbados but raised in South Carolina she had her fair share of ups and downs before she came to be known as the powerhouse she is now.

After a brief stint as a Burger King employee as a teenager, she was bitten by the entertainment bug after seeing her gospel-singer father perform.

And with total belief that she could make it, she decided to pursue her dreams, and found herself in Hollywood, homeless and with only $200 to her name.

After attending a model calling, due to solely overcoming her "hungry and penniless" state at the time, she not only booked the audition, but scored a one-year modeling contract the same day.

Not long thereafter, she made her small screen debut on the hit series Vital Signs, - filmed in Los Angeles, but broadcast in Germany - in which she starred as a young woman trying to make it in the United States, a storyline not too far off from the rising star's own life.

And now she was up and running and she continued to make a name for herself with a host of subsequent movie and television appearances, including the NBC sitcom, Just Shoot Me!

But her biggest break, however, came in 2003 when she launched her very own record label, Dirrty Records.

Upon the label's success in its home of Los Angeles, a second branch was set up in South Carolina, where the entrepreneur still calls home.

So were did she get the belief that the only way to move was forwards?

And when did she get fist inliking that success was to be had if only she kept hustling like mad?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start Joining Up Dots with the one and only Lunden De'Leon

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Todays guest is a man who it appears has brought together the last few years of his employment history to create a hugely positive online resource for the world to savour.

Yes, he is the host of the Natural Born Coaches podcast, whereby he brings the best coaches from across the world to share their insights and professional experiences gained by coaching people.

He digs deeply, to get to the ideas that if you the listener are interested in becoming a coach, you can immediately implement to improve – things like how to get more clients and referrals, how to be paid what you’re truly worth and how to avoid the stress and burnout that hit people in this industry.

Starting his career in Real Estate with Royal Lepage Atlantic, he spent seven years working at finding the ideal home for the customers of his company.

But all the time, his real passion lay with coaching employees to improve their performance, or just to improve their own personal situations.

So after many years as an entrepreneur, he jumped into the coaching business (for small business owners), and created the programs that he would use with his clients, established systems, printed business cards, launched his website, a blog, the social media, and waited for clients to start beating down his door.

They didn’t!

So he started prospecting harder every day.  By reaching out to people in his target market, he got consultations and some clients (but too many that I was working with at discounted rates, or even worse, for free!). It was a frustrating situation.

And that is a position that so many people get to, and why they then turn full circle and go back into employment, being paid the monthly cheque.

So what was the point whereby his passions and talent started coming together and he saw the path he should be traveling?

And does he look back at the frustrating situation, and think "Man, that was the moment that really made me hit the real path, although I already thought I was on it"

So its with great delight that I bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Marc Mawhinney.

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Coming originally from Dallas, but now living blissfully on several acres of Pennsylvania countryside, todays guest knows a thing or two about living great, feeling great, and doing things naturally.

Over the last few years he has worked enlightening people, as to how they can in his words" take back their power in the areas in which they give it away. "

Which may not mean much to you at the moment, but will certainly form the basis of our interview today.

He is regularly featured on television and radio where he shares his direct experiences, as to how we can make living a healthier lifestyle, and easy and fun too!

It is the simple no nonsense yet basic everyday living approach to his work, which has created a hugely loyal following over the years.

And with a series of publications that really tackle the pain points of people lives, such as "Acne Free in 3 Days: How I Cleared my Acne in Only 3 Days " and "Weight Loss By The Numbers" selling in large numbers he is sought after as the man to help.

And its not a surprise as someone who suffered as a young man with weight issues, he is in a prime position to speak from experience.

So why is it if you can cure acne in three days, that so many teenagers and young adults suffer with this issue again and again.

And what was the point in his own up bringing when he realised that he had to do something about getting into shape?

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

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Todays, guest joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired "Join Up Dots" business interview is all about perseverance, talent, struggle, and ultimate success.

This is an entrepreneur who has got to the top in his chosen career, and is now a World Guinness Book Of Records Holder too.

Back in 1998, he broke the worlds record for the most revolutions turned with a jump rope while pushing off and landing only on his backside in one minute, yep he did 56 "Rump Jumps".

Almost one a second.

He has since jumped his way into books, TV shows, countless live shows and, now, a series of energetic music albums and his own instructional books, by teaching kids and adults everywhere to get in shape while having fun, and  The Rope Warrior as he calls himself, shows aspiring jump ropers how they can become rope stunt men and record holders themselves and amaze friends and family with incredible speed and agility.

But this isn't one of those conversations that is all about having fun, and enjoying yourself, but instead is about hustle, drive commitment to the task.

This is a show about a mans motivation to be the best that he can possibly be.

To find the freedom to create a lifestyle around doing something that he loves.

So where did this love of ropes and fitness come from?

And how did he realise that he could make a living at this?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and rope jumping entrepreneur the one and only David Fisher aka The Rope Warrior.

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Todays guest has certainly been on a roller-coaster ride to where she now find herself today.

From a privileged background to alone and broke at 16; successful, high flying corporate career to entrepreneurial burnout at 35; wealth to near bankruptcy twice, her critical moments are many and her ability to convert failure into success an inspiration to everyone she meets.

And with such a track record of the highs and lows in life, it is little surprise that she has become passionate about inspiring women and young girls to utilise their female power and energy, and kick some serious booty.

With her two platforms “Well Heeled Divas” and “Girls Out Loud” gaining a passionate following, she works with ladies, and young ladies to find the thing that lights them up inside and think differently to recognise their full potential.

She believes that the we have the duty “to step up and create an outstanding life as opposed to settling for mediocrity.” which I suppose the vast amount of people on this world do.

She published her first book Superwoman – Her Sell By Date Has Expired!: Time to show Little Miss Perfect the door last year which is selling well, and certainly the future and the present appears very rosy indeed.

So where did her corporate career go wrong?

And why did she feel the need to go 360 and step away from the “what can I gain” mentally of corporate of the world, and move boldly into the “what can I give” world she now loves everyday?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mrs Jane Kenyon.

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Todays guest is brought onto the show to share with us a story that so many have felt in the past.

That dawning realisation that the career that you have worked so hard for is beginning to lose its shine.

You have been full steam for years, doing great work, and then the shine slowly disappears and leaves you at a crossroads.

As he says on his own personal blog

"I had a successful career in sales, and just as I was coming off my best year in my career, the economy shifted. I lost two large clients due to set backs, but more importantly I lost my purpose. I didn’t know why I was doing my job anymore. Just a year after earning my highest commission ever, I was on the verge of losing my job. Sales wasn’t a life I was excited about anymore. The job and the stress were making me physically ill.

And I kept on thinking “Am I really supposed to be doing this?” 

Have you thought the same thing in your life listeners?

I know I have.

But its what we do when we are at this point that is the key thing to everything.

Do we carry on at the crossroads, and keep on the path that we have always been on?

Or do we do as our guest did and "turned off the TV and start reading, traveling, and exploring other interests. Keeping his feet moving, until after soul¬-searching, everything lined up…his curiosity, his strengths and his purpose:

He’d discovered the simple steps that led him to truly enjoy life daily, and know in his heart of hearts that he had found what he was looking for.

Well, I'm sure you are all desperate to find out what he had found, and learn to smile as broadly as this guy seems to do everyday.

So let's not waste anymore time, but bring onto the show to start Joining Up Dots with the one and only Mr Mark Jamnik

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Todays lady has one of the biggest smiles I have ever seen, and its not surprising to me, as it seems to me that she is someone who has found her thing in life.

And when you find your thing in life, you cant stop smiling as everything comes together and leaves you feeling great and full of the kind of energy that most people don't get to feel everyday.

As she says in her own words "You have the right to glow with love, to radiate positive energy, to live fancy-pants, to talk to trees/animals/nature/God, to eat an entire chocolate bar in one sitting, to dance with magic daily, to toast every moment of joy, to sleep in most days, to smile at everyone, to take the uncharted path, to receive millions just being who you are, to love whomever you desire with the fullness of your heart. You have the right to make this your most rockin life yet. No apologies, no diminishment of self. Just all you, being your all"

Wow, that is nothing short of amazingly positive

She began her journey towards this state of ""Wow" when she left her practical, corporate job in Marketing and Public Relations over 9 years ago—with all of its bonuses, benefits, and cash—to follow her lifelong dream of being a writer, and started up her own business as a freelance journalist.

But even though she had taken the leap of faith, she felt in her heart that she still hadn't found her path.

She had started walking along the path, but hadn't taken the right turning and found her own path. She knew that she needed more.

And that came after the removal of an ovarian cystic tumor, and weekly visits to a many different therapists and medical practitioners.

She was gaunt, had zero energy, and felt helpless, so at the suggestion of a friend, she took a drastic step towards healing—booking a two and a half week trip to a remote Brazilian village and received psychic surgery from renowned healer, John of God.

And that was the moment when her path changed direction and led her to where she is today. as an author, regular contributor for The Huffington Post, Master Success Coach, and Certified BodyTalk Practitioner.

Her books include “The Quest: A Tale of Desire & Magic” (currently being optioned as a feature-length film), “Following Bliss,” and “Anatomy of the Heart: Love Poems.”

So does she look back on her life and see the dots joining up to where she is now?

And is she like so many other people who are bemused when they now reflect on why it took so long to find their thing?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show, to start joining up dots with the one and only Heather Strang.

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Todays guest is someone who has entrepreneurial spirit running through him, and has demonstrated this from an early age.

When he was 21 years old, he and his brother Scott started a business in direct sales, which they built to over $20 million in annual revenue while still in their twenties

They hustled, they worked hard and they achieved great success.

And for so many people that would have led to selling the company, to sit on a beach for the rest of your life time, but our guest was different.

He believed that he had an ability to lead by demonstrating influence and storytelling to his staff.

And more importantly he realised that by demonstrating his passion, enthusiasm, and of course sharing his talent for storytelling and encouragement with his employees, it was a great way to boost sales.

And this seems to have been a very astute realisation as he has since gone on to even more success by sharing this knowledge across the world.

He has presented sales techniques  in over 37 countries in the world, and now with his best selling books  The Power of Influence and The Power of Storytelling: The Art of Influential Communication flying off the shelf he stories are going out across the world.

And from his home in Utah, filled with his wife Sarah, daughters Andie and Lizzy and sons Tanner and Drew he looks a very content person indeed.

So was he surrounded by entrepreneurial parents and relatives when he was a younger man?

And what did he see in his brother Scott, that made him realise that he was the business partner of choice?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Ty Bennett.

 

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In 2001, todays guest had everything a beautiful wife two sons, two thriving businesses and parents and brothers who loved and supported him in everything he did.

It seemed he couldn’t fail.

Everything he touched turned to gold.

 And then a rushed decision to ignore safety in favour of getting home to see his baby boy take his first steps changed everything forever.

A few minutes of caution could’ve kept his golden life on track, and he would live to regret his decision – until he changed his mind about what his life was for.

A 2,000-pound bale of hay shattered his neck leaving him a quadriplegic.

But his dreams were not paralyzed that day – he became an example of what is possible.

With desperation, dedication and determination, and the help and love of his family and friends, he set out to reinvent himself, take risks, and do things he never thought he could or would do, even when his body was whole and fully functional.

In the years since his accident, he now travels the world, speaking to companies, kids in schools at all grade levels, families and individuals whose lives are being remolded by their own events.

He has become the living demonstration of what is possible, if we find different ways of doing what must be done.

So why can he now see the possibility in his life which weren't visible to him before the accident?

And if he could go back in time, would he still allow the accident to happen, or does he now see it as a gift to finding his true path in life?

Well lets find as it with great delight, that I start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Chad Hymas.

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Todays guest is a lady who can help all of us, who spend the bulk of our days sitting in front of a computer, to throw off the aches and pains that besiege us all.

She admits to having a compulsion to straighten things in life, from the paper clips on her desk, to ensuring that her feet are in alignment with the tiles she is standing on and used to think it was an unhealthy obsession.

But then found out as a Pilates teacher she could utilize all of her straightening skills and help her students get out of pain with better positioning of their bones,

As she says " I love my job, I’m fascinated with the way the human body moves."

But her journey to this point, started in quiet a different route, as she originally studied at the University of California where she got a BA in Drama.

She began her career as an actor in Musical Theatre and doing voice over work, so her future could have been jazz hands, and performing.

Which in a funny kind of way it is today, as she performs stretches and leaps in front of classes of eager students, and on her Pilates For Your Life online video course.

Her mission is to help us experience as much joy in our daily lives as possible, and feeling great in our body will help us achieve that too.

So what was it about musical theatre that made her change direction and move into something that she loves?

And was it a struggle to get going and build her online profile, or did things fall into place unexpectedly?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Kristen Luppenlatz Grech

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Todays guest on Join Up Dots is a man that I have wanted to have on the show since the beginning.

I read these words on his personal blog, even before recording the first show and thought “Yep that is what I want the show to be about!”

He says “I do what I love in life and do my best to cut out what I don’t. Loving what you do means you will do more than if you don’t, so I’ve accomplished a few things to high levels while enjoying the process.

I’ve also made my life easy and fun. I think anyone can. In fact I think making life easy and fun is easy and fun, so love what you do while accomplishing more than you thought you could too.”

And it certainly seems that he is a man of his word.

But unusually, certainly in my experience, the education which has lead him to be a Professor at NYU, holder of five Ivy-League degrees, including a PhD in Astrophysics and an MBA, both from Columbia University, where he studied under a Nobel Laureate, helping to build an X-ray observational satellite orbiting the Earth as part of a multi-billion-dollar decade-plus mission led by the European Space Agency with NASA to name a few, doesn’t normally lead to having the word fun as a forerunner of life.

But this is a man who is different.

He challenges himself to be the best that he can be, even if he sometimes bites off a bit too much, like the time he decided with a friend to swim across the Hudson River in New York, and found the experience somewhat tough to say the least.

People ask him “So what do you do?” habitually. and he doesn’t know how to answer them.

But what he does know is he has had the best relationships and friendships of his life with the most amazing people he can imagine, and learned and kept active and healthy the whole time”

Sounds pretty good to me.

So without further ado, lets bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Joshua Spodek

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Todays guest is a lady who I have wanted to have on the show for quite a while, as she does something on a daily basis that so many people struggle with.

She has learnt to beat the fear of reaching out to people that she doesn't personally know, and get to know them.

She calls it networking, but other call it a step too far.

It's the thing that can stop so many people in their tracks as they start to build a business.

Why would this person respond to me?

What have I got offer to that person?

But it's true to say that she, has built a whole business around the right way to do this, and  is an expert in making connections across the world, and now uses these connections to build a powerful basis to help her clients explode their incomes.

Starting her education in New York, she gained both a Bachelor of Arts and a MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, which of course set her on the right track to where she is today

But as we talk about time and time again it is great to have the education but nothing helps you more than flexing the hustle muscle on a daily basis.

Add to that the ability to play to your natural strengths and you are cooking on gas.

And that's what todays guest did, as although not considering herself as an entrepreneur she showed this hustle whilst still in business school, when she organised a conference to empower women, and in the process made lots off great connections in the media by doing so.

She had found the thing that lights her up inside and makes her want to spring out of bed every morning, but like so many of us didn't realise that she had.

Instead she went into the traditional corporate route and moved through a series of positions at Avon, Step Womans Network and Claudiachan to name a few, working for the Man or Woman and building her business experience.

However, she came to the point when she knew that the path she was on was not the one for her.

She had enough in her armoury to go out on her own and in 2013 created the S2 Groupe and made the leap.

So how did she not realise back in business school that connecting people, and showing the world the best practices for networking was the thing she should be doing?

And how did she know it was time to go out on her own, and was she as scared as all of us who decide to make the leap?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Selena Soo.

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Todays guest is a man whose middle name is "Attitude" and works everyday on showing others how the A word is really the key to everything.

Well to be honest I don't know if his middle name is Attitude. but it certainly should be.

As he says "What’s The Value of Your Attitude? There is an old saying that “attitude is everything”. Is that true? I think Attitude is the START of everything! Attitude determines your thoughts and ultimately your actions."

We can decide every morning if we are going to have a great day.

We can literally choose whether we are going to achieve our goals just by choosing how we decide to think and start taking action.

But of course that is more easily said than done, so how has he managed to build a life around not only thinking this way, but also helping others to turn their mind-set to a ten?

Well one of the things which just happens to be the name of his second book is you have to "Be Yourself Improve Yourself"

Find your authentic self, relax into who you were born to be, stop striving to compete against high achievers and enjoy life. 

Which is exactly what he has done.

But how did he come to this realisation that this was the only way to operate whilst on this planet?

And does he see common themes that run through all of us no matter where he finds himself presenting to eager dream chasers!

Well lets bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Matt Booth

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Todays guest is one of those guests that I love having on the show, because they put so many of us old guys to shame.

He is the founder of "Teenager Entrepreneur", an educational and empowerment online membership site that guides teenagers to discover their passions, and profit from them.

Even though still a young man himself he realised early that self confidence was the key to teenagers finding their passions, and then believing totally that they can turn those passions into money making enterprises.

By cultivating a profitable income, and focusing in on their futures, aspiring teenagers will foster self-confidence which then leads them to tackle bigger and bolder visions.

Having networked with and learned cutting edge business strategies from New York City’s most influential, ranging from Mike Michalowicz to Patty Lennon and Ramon Ray, he offers years of business insight.

Bu if you think that this is a guy who is sitting in his bedroom creating online capital and courses, then think again, as he is also the driving force behind the weeklong summercamps, whereby in person he will cover each segment of the online membership site and really help his students to success.

Teenager Entrepreneur is built on the principle of helping teenagers to transcend their current state and become extraordinary.

Wow I love this, talk about hustle.

So where did he get his vision for the Teenage Entrepreneur?

And why has he managed to do something so successfully, that so many people struggle with until much later, or sometimes not at all....find their thing in life.

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only, Mr Michael Guberti.

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Todays guest is a lady who is rocking it bigtime as the President of Padron Social Marketing, which is a relationship-driven social media specialising in strategy, implemtation and analysis.

If that doesn't mean anything to you then lets say she is the go to lady to help you build communitites of raving fans, clambering around your business by using social media.

As she says " It's no longer optional to have a presence, but having a presence is just the beginning. "

It is her true passion, and one that led to her taking the old leap of faith and going it alone.

You see for many people our guest had already reached the peak, and was a Director of Marketing for the company that she was working for, but at the age of 28 knew that she had had enough experience, passion  and understanding to take her vision into the world.

And that is just what she has done, and with Padron Social Marketing going from strength, does she feel that she was fortunate to step into the field of play when most people didn't know a tweet from a like?

And would she have done anything differelty as she built her company from the start?

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

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Todays guest on Join Up Dots is a man who wants the world to buy into a simple statement "Stop Doing Nothing"

He wants the world to improve their lives and change the situations that they find themselves in.

And as we do everyday on the show, this guy has a wish that he could go back in time and share some great advice with his younger self in High School.

As he says "There are so many life lessons I'd share with myself. But more importantly I'd lay down a good set of ground rules and beliefs to guide me for the next few decades. It is great when you learn how the world is structured. But sometimes it takes too long to figure out."

Starting his career at the car hire company Hertz, he moved through a series of positions whilst working for the man, with many of them being linked to the development of others.

He thrived as a trainer travelling the world for the software company Serena, but interestingly, and I love this about him, since 1990 he has been developing his own side hustle with his global mission "Stop Doing Nothing" at the same time.

For over 25 years, whilst still working for other people, he has been building his own company that is on a mission to lift people to new levels of happiness and achievement.

Their mission statement: “To work with individuals and help them plan and execute their ideal life so they wake up excited every day. They do this with online training, seminars, one-on-one coaching, and other tools to help us all build our actionable plans of execution.”

So side hustle, talking to your younger self, inspiring the world to work towards their dream lives, let me introduce to you the new host of Join Up Dots!

No, I'm not giving this gig up, but it is with delight that I bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only, Patrick Allmond.

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Todays guest entrepreneur, joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired business podcast is a man whose name came up in conversation on a previous episode of Join Up Dots.

And not in a "there's this man that I know", kind of way but like "Wow, there is this amazing man who is brilliant at what he does" kind of way.

And so I sought him out and I am delighted that he agreed to come on the show and start joining up his dots.

Hefirst found the motivation to begin working on building his careers, as a 14 year old, in his hometown Pittsburgh, when he was hired to do a community news column for "The Signal Item," a weekly newspaper.

And his life has been intertwined with both the written and spoken word ever since.

He received dual degrees in Journalism and Radio-TV-Motion Pictures at the University of North Carolina and also served as news editor and anchorman which meant that by the time he graduated from the University, he had already logged over 1,000 live television broadcasts.

And this all occurred before joining the military as still a young man, and tackling another big dot in his life, serving his country.

Although much happened in his life leading today, you can now find him tutoring speakers, in the nuances of voice control and speech writing, or presenting keynote presentations across America and enjoying himself.

He has found the freedom to create his path in his life that plays to his natural talents, and brings enjoyment to himself and everyone that he comes in contact with.

And that of course is the best way to build success in your life. 

So what is it about being a wordsmith that appeals to him on a daily basis?

And is there a thrill to performing live that he doesn't get anywhere else in his life?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only expert wordsmith todays entrepreneur Lou Heckler

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Todays guest is a master at helping people become entrepreneurial and create businesses that not only work, but flourish.

He learned from an early age that he had the ability to see a larger vision and that everything is an opportunity.

This was the foundation on which he built his reputation as an International Entrepreneur, growing successful companies across six continents.

But it also helps massively when you come to the realisation that "You cant work for anyone else" and that realisation certainly is a huge part that has made our guest flex his hustle muscle, and start swinging.

He started his career in probably one of the most inspirational, positive environments possible, as for eight years he worked in the Anthony Robbins Companies in San Diego, where he trained, coached and inspired people everyday.

And from that point onwards two things seemed to come together massively.

Firstly he realised that he had an amazing talent to helping people grow their businesses, and love what they are doing at the same time, and secondly he found that he loved doing this more than anything else.

And that seems to me to be a common trait to achieving great success.

Find the thing you love doing most, which fulfils the largest need in others.

And now as a keynote speaker, coach, mentor and author of the bestselling book The 7 Stages of Small-Business Success: From Startup to Seven Figures in Three Years or Less  where he makes the thought provoking statement "The personality of a business will mirror the personality of its owner."  he is a man on a mission

So when did he realise that he was unemployable and couldn't work for anyone else again?

And did he boldly go into the unknown, certain of success, or did he carry the same fears that we all have striding out on our own?

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

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Todays guest has a fascinating tale that has lead to a success that many adults might stop for a moment and ponder why and how has that occurred?

She is the owner and founder of a skipping club in New York city, whereby she arranges groups of people to get together and go on skipping adventures.

And when we say skipping, yep it is as you might be imagining.

It's the type of hopscotching, kid type of skipping which is going down a storm around the streets of New York, but you may not have done it for years.

Each outing, which includes a few pit stops along the way, is centred on a topic of the week, such as the Beatles or Valentines Day, and a bit of dressing up to match that theme is required.

And this for many would sound dreadful, but for others (me included) sounds fun, enjoyable and a fear smasher.

Skip your way around New York and literally change your life whilst your doing it.

Don't be worried about what other people think, but just do your thing, and love doing it.

And that statement really empashises what todays guest is doing through to her core.

From working at Vogue and Saks, to creating an online game, to help her experience every amazing thing NYC had to offer, to wearing an afro for months on end and writing about it .

She is a lady on a mission, doing things her own way, and loving it.

So did she always have this energy of creative fun in her life?

And why does she think that the world is by and large frightened of enjoying themselves, and looking for ways to enjoy themselves whilst earning at the same time?

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

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Todays guest is a lovely lady who first came to my attention as a listener and friend and colleague of several other guests who have appeared on Join Up Dots who waxed lyrical about her.

Starting her journey in Mexico she lived across the border until coming to America in 2004, and since then has developed as a professional content designer, helping organizations and individuals align their business goals with their content and learning strategies so they can focus on growing their business.

She develops the structure that allows companies to strengthen from within.

But its not just organisations that love her, as she also has the skills to help us all break free from the shackles that hold us back, as she works with individuals to redesign their own lives too.

She knows what it takes to take stock on what has happened in your past, to move forward into the future, as she has come to many conclusions about her own upbringing that has made her who she is today, some good, some bad.

Her parents were not what she would have wanted.

But realising that growing up in, as she says "a dysfunctional family" was not going to define the choices that were hers to make, has been simply life changing.

In short she is rocking and rolling, loving her life, and being really authentic to herself and now making brave decisions every day.

So its with delight that I bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Lily Kreitinger

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Steve Jobs knew a thing or two about connecting up dots, and todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the Freedom inspiring podcast knows that thing too.

He is ready to break free from his restraints and try something new.

So do you get scared trying something new?

Do you start to wobble if someone asks you to get up in front of people and be authentically yourself?

Do you think that you haven't got enough time in a day to make the momentum to work towards something rewarding and exciting?

Well for most of us these are questions that stop us in our tracks  before we get to do anything.

But for todays guest he is either 420 years old, or he has worked out how to maximise every second of every day to create a body of work that is hugely impressive.

Over 400 articles in print, an appearance on Canada's Got Talent, over 3,000 interviews with the high achievers of the world, professional Comedian with over 400 performances to credit, professional Singer / Songwriter with 3 CD's, Radio Appearances, and over 500 performances to credit, sought after Award Winning Speaker, bringing three 3 Stage-Plays and a One-Man Show to Life, you get the idea........

So is this going to be a conversation about hustle, talent, belief, courage, or all of them?

Well we will find out, but I am fascinated at what started this journey off?

Was he inspired by a relative, friend, or teacher who was doing stuff their way everyday of the week?

Or does he just have a way of compressing time to live a life that is full and eclectic?

Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start in he words of Steve Jobs joining up dots, with the one and only amazing entrepreneur Corey Poirer.

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Todays guest has been on her journey to todays point since back in 1993, when she first began work as a researcher for Shugoll Research in Maryland, where she spent three years before starting a series of positions leading to her co-founding Schedule Max in 2010.

And we see this time and time again on Join Up Dots, entrepreneurs will generally spend the beginning of their careers moving from role to role, as they look to find their own thing.

Gaining experience in each.

Learning what they don't want to do in life.

Fine turning their skills before finding the thing that lights them up inside.

And this seems to be certainly the case with todays guest, as since 2010 she has worked tirelessly to build the resource Schedule Max, an online scheduling service for businesses across the world.

Don't waste time trying to find the right time for a client appointment, let them find one that works well for the both of you, which leaves business owners with more time to focus on growing their business and incomes.

But alongside this she has also found the time to go my route and create the incredibly popular podcast BixChix.com, where she interviews amazing female entrepreneurs and a few cool dudes 5 days a week.

Discussing their journeys, struggles and passion to go that one step further each day, even when they feel they are at the end.

So does she feel that she has found the love of her life with both these businesses, or are they another stepping stone towards the big one....her life's work?

And how does a guy become a cool dude and make it on her show???

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start Joining Up Dots with the one and only Natalie Eckdahl

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When we started Join Up Dots many, many episodes ago, it was my aim to show you all, how different people achieve different things in their lives.

Some people quit their nine to five and take a dramatic leap of faith, whilst following their dreams.

Other people, like myself, take a more hesitant "Slide of faith" and continue working on the side hustle until the time when it is right to go and do their own thing.

Well todays guest is like that, and is creating an online identity and profile, alongside a brick and mortar business in the holistic world of Kinesiology, which is a holistic approach of simultaneously treating all the aspects of a person, emotional, nutritional, structural and energetic needs, whilst still working for the man.

After spending a number of years suffering from a vast array of illness and discomfort, she discovered this form of treatment and founded the company Body Sync in 2010, to take her understanding and training out into the world to help others.

And it's that delight to share and help others which has positioned herself as the Digestion Detective  which is a franchised online show, found in ITunes and available on UK Health Radio each week, where she talks and discusses health and health issues.

Throw into the mix regularly contributions to various publications which have included Health & Fitness magazine, Daily Mirror, Prima and Cosmopolitan to name just a few, you get the picture that this lady is a hustler, who works hard everyday to achieve her aim.

But what is that aim? Where does she see her life going? And what does she love doing most her own thing, or working for someone else?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, the one and only Sam Bearfoot.

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Todays guest is a lady who can get more done in a day than most people get done in a week.

Actually she can get more done in a hour than others do in a week.

She is a master at productivity and blitzing though piles of work at a rate of knots, and ensuring she gains maximum results from her work too.

But don't think that this a lady who burns the candle at both ends, and just works harder than most.

She looks amazing, seems to have more energy than most, and can often be seen whizzing around on her Harley Davison, or searching for another pair of shoes for her expanding collection.

She loves her life, she loves her job, and she loves getting out in front of people and presenting her time saving strategies to the world

With a strong background in learning and development and managing large teams at various corporations, she is the perfect fit for organizations wanting a presenter to provide implementable strategies to save time, increase focus and help their people get more done.

Not the kind of stuff that you might have seen time and time again, when the work management takes as long as doing the job in the first place.

But practical stuff that can make a huge difference.

She is the author of eight business books including "Folding Time, Secrets of Super-Productivity, Strategic Networking and Network or Perish" to name just a few.

So what is about this Australian lady, that has made her see that there is so much wasted time in life, and for the most we are simply doing the wrong things at the wrong time.?

And why has she left her home in Australia, which is one these places that so many would die to live in, and now has two homes, the other being in America.

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Neen James.

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Todays show focuses in on transformation, and how we can all change ourselves for the better by making simple choices everyday.

Our guest has been helping clients across the world for many years, to take the steps towards awakening our inner butterfly.

And what she means by this, is like a butterfly that soars around the garden, flying on picture perfect wings, we all start our lives as caterpillars.

Crawling around.

Not aware of what we can truly become, and will become if we decide to become our true selves.

The people that we were put on this earth to become.

And our guest has certainly been on a journey to discover who she truly is too.

Being born in Hamburg Germany, she at first studied sculpture and cinematography before moving to New York City in 1984.

Three years later,  she found herself living in Los Angeles and has called the place her home for over twenty years, as she has developed her creativity and built her business to help us all discover how to enjoy every aspect of our lives.

Become our butterflies.

And it is with this passion for change, that led to her building the Quantum Heart Field Experience, where she help people who can feel the desire for change, or know that they are at the starting point of a conscious shift in their lives.

 She is an ordained minister with the International Metaphysical Ministry, spiritual counselor, and life coach, and published author off the the bestselling book The Transformation Promise:  A Book About Love, Healing and the Flow of Life.

 So its with huge delight that I bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Johanna Derbolowsky.

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Todays guest entrepreneur is a man who has a thing going on which when I heard about it I knew that I had to have him on the show.

How many times have you heard me talk about finding that thing in your life when you literally lose hours at a time.

You get so engrossed in the activity that you look at the clock and think "God it feels that I just had breakfast and it's lunchtime already!"

And that my friends is true success.

It might have been a while since you last felt that feeling whilst working in your current job or occupation.

And that is where our guest comes in.

He provides his life changing method "Flowcoaching" to lead a highly successful and well rewarded life doing what matters most to you.

He believes as I do that it can also transform any business into a happy, creative and passionate place that inspirational people seek out.

You enjoy yourself more, get more things done, and therefore have more free time for yourself.

Yep cake and eat it time.

But he wasn't always on this path, as he was once a banking litigation lawyer before building (from scratch) and running a successful international investment banking recruitment business; in his last 3 years he personally billed over £2.75 million in revenue and juggled that task with the responsibility of running and managing the business.

Nowadays, however he no longer believes he has to be ‘hard-nosed’ to get things done, however, he is just as keen on adding value to his clients’ lives and businesses.

And of course enjoying himself too. He loves climbing a mountain or two. Can't beat jumping on his bike. And is even a world record breaker!

So when did he realise that the ability to immerse yourself in an activity in such a way is the way to go?

And does he see more and more people now looking for the same things in life?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, the one and only Mr Chris Randall

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Todays guest is a lady who is a master at book publishing, and helping the world with their own book publishing.

She is a lady who is was born in  New York and now lives and works from her present home in the United Kingdom and as far as i can see never stops smiling.

She is the founder & CEO of The Book Midwife® and Panoma Press, a cooperative publishing house for business and personal development authors.

Which means that if you want to be an author, and get to the top of the charts then this lady is the place to go.

Or perhaps you are in the process of writing a book and are struggling to get words onto the page.

You are walking around, not shaving, wearing your dressing gown for days on end, blaming writers block for your distress.

Well she can blow these issues out of the water, as for a start she feels there are no reasons for writers block, she feels its just bad planning.

Its what we do before we get truly creative which is the key to everything.

And that is what the Book Midwife is about.

Along with her team, she can help you give birth to the finished article, and help it get into the hands of the people who need it most by utilising promotion, media appearances and a myriad of other trusted routes to success.

With a client base of over 500 published clients its not a surprise that she has now been an international speaker for more than 15 years and has presented to over 10,000 business executives and entrepreneurs in over 10 countries.

But did she always want to be in the publishing business, or like many of us did she stumble into it by accident?

And what does she feel is the hardest part to anyone, who wants to do as she has and start their own successful business?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start Joining Up Dots with the one and only Mindy Gibbins-Klein

 

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My guest today, on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is the co-founder of Sales Elite and is a sales professional with over 12 years of sales and leadership experience within the technology industry.

Most recently he has 9 years’ experience at Oracle America, Inc. building a successful Sales and Business Development organization of over 100 sales professionals.

He is a certified sales professional and also President of the American Association of Inside Sales Professionals Austin Chapter.

Which all sounds very grand, and I suppose less than unusual.

But it seems to me that it was the big decisions in his earlier life which were unusual and formed so much of what he does today and where he does it.

From the decision to move away from home in Belfast as a child and attend school in Scotland, to deciding to work in Japan where her met his now wife, he took on experiences and challenges bold and exciting.

But it wasn’t until attending a leadership development program at George Mason University and participating in his first triathlon that the spark to light his entrepreneurial journey truly began.

And the rest is history.

So why did this boy from Northern Ireland take such big steps as a child?

And has his journey been one, that when reflected upon was perfect and planned to perfection, or one made up of seemingly unconnected dots?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Gary Smyth

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Starting her career in the Corporate world, our guest started her working life as far away from being the kick ass slayer of weight issues that you could possibly hope to be.

Working at first for Citibank, she moved through a series of banking positions at a rate of knots.

Many of them not lasting more than a few months in total.

A lady trying to find herself, whilst earning a living.

Not understanding the true passions that she had for helping others.

But all the while building the hustle muscle to explode from the gates when the opportunity appeared to her.

And that opportunity looks as if it appeared when she started working for the New York Institute for Integrative Nutrition that the dots began to join up and the path began to show itself to her.

But perhaps it didn't and she was always interested in what caused weight issues and how to resolve them.

I suppose we will find out during the conversation, but what is true is as she says in her own words "My goal is to empower women around the issue of weight management and body image, so they can start living their lives like the badasses they really are.

 Your weight dramas are scared of me - I slay them all day. "

So was she a lady that has struggled with weight in the past, or was she someone surrounded by people that she realised that she could help?

And what was it about the corporate world that for an outsiders point of view didn't really fit her?

Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only, Isabel Foxen Duke

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Todays guest is a lady who believes that there is nothing better in life than a good laugh.

And although many of us do this, when a close relative falls over, or some other unexpected rib tickler occurs not many of us ever think of bringing this merriment into our business lives.

You don't go to work to enjoy yourself, appears to be the mantra that so many people live their lives by after all.

But when you consider the health benefits that chuckling can bring to you, such as a huge boost to the immune System by releasing endorphins, protecting the heart by improving the function of blood vessels, and helping to bring about better sleep then its simply not something to laugh about.

We should all be doing it more, and certainly making sure we do it whilst at work too.

And so our guest over the last fifteen years has taken this approach into the corporate world where, she coaches individuals and teams to reconnect, communicate, and be more productive...through humor, laughter, and improvisation.

She wants us to find the childlike side of our characters and bring it once more to the fore.

Be the person we were before life became serious and paying the bills became our number one focus.

And with the honour of being crowned the American Laughing Champion of 2013, where she fought her way to the top prize by demonstrating such high class cackling as best maniacal laugh, best multiplex laugh and the best laughing fit, there is no doubt she has the credentials to educate, and inspire whilst entertaining too.

So when did she find that there was a need to bring this kind of thinking into the corporate arena?

And what the hell is the best multiplex laugh?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show, to start joining up dots, the one and only Julie Ostrow .

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Todays guest is a man who likes nothing more than having a laugh in both his personal and business life.

Throw into the mix his love of inspiring people, communicating at a high level, and leaving a lasting impression on everyone that he meets and you get the flavour of what he is all about.

Starting his career in the form of corporate entertainment, he would wow the crowds across America and on the huge cruise ships, with humorous commentary and magic tricks.

He knew that he could be funny and entertain, but could he combine the fun with the message?

Could he strengthen his proposition by tackling the issues that business struggle with, all the time still keeping to his authentic self.

Well he has done just that by starting "Laugh-O-Nomics"....yep that's a proper word, and now speaks on a range of subjects, but loves nothing more to discuss happiness at work.

As he says "Happy people have, on average, 31% higher productivity; their sales are 37% higher; their creativity is three times higher.” and companies are missing a trick.

They haven't quite grasped the fact that people having a good time, keeping moral at a high level, and working hard is the best thing that every company can have on their premises.

The days of setting huge targets and cracking the whip to ensure that it all gets done should hopefully now be a thing of the past?

So does he find that the hardest people to bring round to his hugely valuable message are the middle managers of the world?

And when did he realise that all his talents had come together to take him into the motivational speaking world and flourish whilst he is there?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Brad Montgomery.

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Todays guest is a lady who likes nothing better than helping us all on our way to a better life than we presently have.

As she says “I was a freelance writer, for a small Sydney magazine, before I realised a dream to help others create the lifestyle that they truly deserved. I use the word ‘deserved’ with intention.

It was one of my first, big spiritual realisations: We are not all living our highest potential, we deserve so much more than we’ve been taught to expect.”

That’s a fascinating insight not just to this ladies outlook, but also life itself.

Why are we taught from such a small age to be realistic, be practical and leave the dreaming to, well the dreamers.

Shouldn’t we be encouraging people to go for the mad stuff, the big stuff, the stuff that real dreams are made off?

Challenging them to grow to the highest potential possible?

Well since 2006 our guests life has been one intertwined with the all of this and more, and with such personal values such as laugh regularly, think differently, be persistent, be abundant (and give generously) and live what you love, she has clients flocking to her business looking for a similar mind-set to propel them to success.

So where did her positive outlook really kick in and allow her to speed forward to success?

And does she find it easier to change peoples mind-sets than most people might consider possible, bear in mind a whole life’s programming?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show, to start joining up dots, with the one and only Monique Williams.

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Todays guest is a lady who from her base in South London, is bringing lightness and a purpose to clients, friends and colleagues everywhere.

She is a positive person, who thrives on the simple things in life, and likes nothing more than getting her running shoes on and pounding the streets of London and beyond, whilst inspiring ladies to do the same too.

She is a coach, mentor, runner, blogger and best of all...no I shouldn't say this but an avid listener of Join Up Dots with David Ralph.

Now if this sounds like a lady who has had everything go swimmingly in her life then think again, as  14 years ago, her mum killed herself, and  in our guests own words.....

 "To say my world shattered into a million tiny pieces would be an understatement. After her death, I shut down - deciding to stay small - I couldn’t bear the thought of living the life I wanted to live, for fear of my world blowing apart again.

And so I lived like this for many years, working in unfulfilling corporate jobs and feeling like I wanted to crawl under my desk every day and cry.

It was through a mixture of years of therapy and coaching that I began to emerge from my sleepwalking-through-life lumber and start to recognise that life had so much to offer, so much possibility and joy, and it was down to ME to find it inside myself to live the life I wanted."

And that is the key message to the shows we deliver

It is down to me, you, and all of us to encourage each other to find the lives we want, and get the dream that we deserve.

But more than anything it is down to wanting something so bad that we wont stop until we get it.

So does she look back at her life as one of two halves now?

And where does shed the ability to tackle clients issues head-on, when she has dealt with so much herself in her life?

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

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Are you someone that likes a laugh in life but sometimes feels that there is a time and a place for it?

You will suppress it and keep the stoney face that your bosses or environment seem to want as the normal way of being.

Well todays guest is an expert in Gelotology the study of laughter and its effects on the body, and travels the world presenting in a humorous but informative manner that audiences have been raving about for years.

He teaches us to find the funny in situations even if those situations aren't outwardly the humorous types that we should be laughing at.

And I guess that will make the world a lot nicer to live in I imagine.

Starting his career way back in 1963 designing shows for tv characters such as Captain Kangaroo, he seems a man that from the start has managed to mix work and play, enjoying himself in most situations that he found himself in.

And now with over 20 books written on the subject of laughter such as "The Healing Power of Humor, The Courage to Laugh, and Change Your Life!" does he still feel that their is a lot to be done to get his message out there?

And does he feel that the world is losing the ability to laugh quite in the same way as we would have done in years gone by?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with Mr Laughter himself, Mr Allen Klein.

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Todays guest is a man who is driven to spread the premise of accountability across the world.

He believes that we are all looking around for someone else to take control, or someone else to show us the way to the life that we want.

Its actually ourselves that are setting our own schedules, and finding the excuses why we don't do something.

Its us who look around for someone to blame when things go wrong.

Its us that tell us how tired we are, or need a night off.

No one else.

And in his pursuit to get this message out to the widest audience he has authored 10 books, is the creator of The Accountability Academy®, and has been a contributing author to countless publications throughout his career.

But what makes his message so powerful is that the principles that he preaches are as valid to an individual as a huge organisation.

He can help turn round failing businesses, poor performing teams, or simply find the spark to make us all start saying "No Excuses" anymore.

So where did he start getting going in his career, or did he always have the belief that it was excuses that hold us back?

And does he believe that the path he is treading is aligned to his authentic self, or has he become successful by finding something that he is great at, even if it wasn't part of the master plan?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Sam Silverstein.

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