Mon, 5 October 2015
Today's episode is a combination of studio recordings and live presentation brought together as a very special episode of Join Up Dots.
On the evening of the 19th September 2015, your host David Ralph performed a live version of Join Up Dots to the National Speakers Association in Northern California.
Broadcasting from the UK to an airport in San Francisco via Skype, David brought his winning style and personality to the conference as he discussed Podcasting and the power of connecting a business by using a microphone.
But actually this episode is so much more than this presentation.
This episode of Join Up Dots is about taking imperfect action and working out what has worked afterwards.
This is about giving something a go, which could well be a home run and drive you forward to greater success, but could also go badly wrong.
You just don't know.
You see in life more often not we all look at the successes of others, and assume that they had everything worked out before they begain.
They were destined for huge success because they had the all the answers laid out in the perfect order in front of them.
But that is never the case, and all success is built on faith, belief and more than a few mistakes.
It's the mistakes that actually are the true power to success.
These are the moments when you stop for awhile and try to work out what went wrong, aiming to find the true path to the goal.
Do you always achieve your aim?
Of course not, at least not at first, but unless you are willing to take imperfect action and give it a go then you will never even find the first path (be it the wrong one!)
So today I urge everyone of you out there to look at something that you want to do, and move forward with confidence, safe in the knowledge that the worse that will happen is you need to start again and find the better way of operating.
And I am sure that we can all do that.....don't you?
Sun, 4 October 2015
In today's episode of Join Up Dots, David Ralph shares a little about what has been going on in the show over the last week, and also answers a great email from a listener in New Zealand.
It has been a strange week in the land of Join Up Dots with huge highs and lows.
The week started by hitting the highest of highs by almost getting a clean sweep on Itunes and becoming the number one show in three categories.
Yes, Business, Education, and Health was ours to look down on.
The big boys were trailing in our wake, which was a delight to behold and another step forward for the show.
But then he was hit by sickness and literally crawled from the microphone to his bed for a few days.
But did he look at this as a huge blow and disappointment or an another situation to find a positive?
Well you will find out during the show
So let's start with today's email.....which is a good one
I'm not sure what I am really writing here, but I just felt drawn to drop you a line to say first of all thank you so much for creating the show Join Up Dots.
I hadn't heard of it until recently, but now I feel like I have a lot to catch up on.
One of the things that I would like to know if you could spare the time, and I can only imagine how busy you are, is do you truly know what you are doing is right?
You seem to have so much going on, that it makes me wonder is it all right for you, or are you doing stuff because you think it should be done?
I don't know if that makes sense at all, so if it doesn't please ignore this email, but I have a feeling that I would like to start breeding miniature ponies as I have always loved them since a kid, but can't convince myself that their is a business there.
So should I just do stuff close to this passion, or dive right in.
Should I just do stuff to earn money so I can leave my job that I hate?
Any advice you can give would be gratefully received.
Palmerston North New Zealand
Fri, 2 October 2015
Today's guest entrepreneur joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast business interview is a man who quite simply it seems does things his way.
He built an amazing career for himself, and is living life to the full and experiencing in a few hours the kind of stuff that most of us wait until a vacation for.
Amazing inspiration at every turn
Born in Mendoza near the Andes in Argentina, it would seem obvious that his path would have gone the way it has in some ways, but then again we see time and time again on Join Up Dots that the obvious is not the normal.
He was born with asthma, and instead of his parents giving him medicine when he needed it and keeping him away from sport and exertion, they instead encouraged him at the age of four to go skiing.
On the mountain tops, where the air is thinner would seem a strange place to send an asthmatic child, but actually they laid the first dot in his life...the love of doing things differently.
And from that small boy, he has grown into a man who has built a career tackling the land above and below the water to bring the fragile but astonishing beauty of the world to all of us.
Mountain biking down volcanoes, diving the oceans of the world, he is inspiring a generation to take care of what we have all around us
As he said when asked about his desire to be a true adventurer "The notion of being an adventurer is great, the more adventurers we have in the world, the more nature will be respected. By getting closer to the environment – at 3000 metres watching the sunset, or being underwater with a clownfish, seeing the difference between corals that are alive and corals that are dying, we better understand the world around us. We, as humans, need to touch or see things for ourselves otherwise we can’t fully relate to them. If you don’t see something, you don’t feel it. I think that can be extended to everything. The more people that ride bikes around the world, the more people that climb mountains, the more people that get close to nature in any form, the more advocates we have for conservation.”
So is this a message that is getting through to the world, or are we all programmed by the "Well I can't do anything on my own" mentality?
And what would he choose if we only allowed him to keep doing one of his three main passions "Biking, mountain climbing or diving?"
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only exploreer and of course entrepreneur Manuel Bustelo
Wed, 30 September 2015
Today's guest joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast is a TV Host, published author, speaker, business branding, and video marketing expert.
Her passion is helping entrepreneurs attract their perfect clients and position their brand for higher sales by sharing her branding and marketing expertise.
She is the host of Mimika TV, a web show that inspires entrepreneurs to build a brilliant business brand, and quite simply seems to be having the time of her life.
And why shouldn't she when she is 100% authentic and is quite obviously playing to her strengths everyday.
Strengths that she has built up by throwing herself into the kind of environments that would freak so many people out.
Standing and presenting live in front of the camera for UK TV, working in the modelling industry, being a public speaker.
All of them taking her further and further outside her comfort zone, helping to building a future that is all her and her alone.
So why has she had such an eclectic career and challenged herself in environments as we have already mentioned?
And where does she see it all leading? To a perfectly defined master plan, or a make it up as she goes along type of vibe?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show , to start joining up dots with the one and only Mimika Cooney
Mon, 28 September 2015
y guest today Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a fascinating lady who has had more than a bit of life's rubbish thrown in her direction.
In fact the first words you will see when you visit her website are "I smashed myself against the walls of life so often I should have died. I survived, then thrived, and lived to tell the tale."
In fact her words are so much more powerful than I could write, so in her own words.
"Life threw some pretty nasty curve balls at me as a young woman, sent to boarding school at the age of eleven, never to live at home again and the victim of a serious sexual assault as a teenager; what seemed like an inevitable decline into drugs and alcohol defined most of my 20’s. I lived a double life, one of a successful young woman (having started the first of many profitable businesses at the age of 21). The other, a woman in deep pain, relentlessly trashing my body as the worthless object the rape had taught me it was.
I had a burning desire to live and an inexhaustible appetite for self-harm and self-sabotage. For a decade it was touch and go which side was going to win. I started reaching for self-help books in my late teens and spent hours with counselors, trying to find a way through the torment that seemed to be my life. Each year I would take two steps forward and one back, some years it was three steps back.
I never gave up, I believed it was possible to be happy and whole and have relentlessly pursued this vision for the last thirty years."
And certainly now it appears that she is fighting back in life and encouraging the world to have the belief that life is there to be lived and savoured.
And with her platform "Belief School" going from strength to strength it appears that she has learnt the greatest lesson of all.
The more you give to the world the more you gain yourself.
So does she look back on her life and is glad that those things happened, as it allows her to connect with more people on a deeply personal level?
And is there a big dot in her life that turned her life around and lead her on the path that she is on today?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots the one and only Paula Gosney.
Fri, 25 September 2015
Wed, 23 September 2015
When you see someone boldly state that they were born to make money, you either think that this guy is very bold, or he is very good at what he does.
Today's guest seems to be both, and from his base in San Diego California is spinning many plates as he literally loves the life he lives (and gets paid very well to live it too!)
He is the New York Times bestselling author of What Is Your WHAT? Discover The ONE Amazing Thing You Were Born To Do, the Business Technology Book Of The Year, Internet Prophets: To name just a few of his publications
And he also appeared in the ground-breaking film, The Keeper of the Keys, alongside Jack Canfield and John Gray
But there is no getting away with the fact that at his core, he is a hustler who works incredibly hard, has passion by the bucket load, and has honed his talents from opening his first nightclub back in 1989, through to starting a wine business with his Mum.
And I guess the question is now with a real estate business, wine business, keynote speaker business.....how does he know What is his WHAT?
And do you find your what naturally, or do you have to take action and try many many different things to get there?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Steve Olsher.
Mon, 21 September 2015
Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is Robert Mallon, a man driven to make a difference to the men of the world.
Alongside his business partner, Bill Watkins, he is the founder of RustyLion Academy, where they work with men between the ages of 30 and 49 to help them make huge steps forwards in their entrepreneurial ventures.
He knows better than most, that no man is an island, and by connecting with mentors and other like minded individuals across the globe their students make bolder and bolder decisions and believe in themselves to achieve greatness.
But it hasn’t always been a road full of such positivity.
As a child, he struggled with the absence of his father he left the family when he was in the third grade.
His mother suddenly losing the partner in her life, and the income provider had to take three jobs to survive.
He knew that he had to do something and as he says in his own words “I started working at thirteen to help out at home. I took jobs in restaurants and waited tables at a dinner theatre. I did paper routes and yard work around the neighbourhood. I was a hardware store clerk, a roughneck, and I’m sure other things I can’t remember. In one sense, I was very lucky because I went from elementary school through high school with the same group of people, so I had a lot of friends, but I was unlucky in the same sense. Divorce wasn’t as usual as it is today. I was ashamed my parents had gotten divorced, so I made people believe my dad just travelled a lot. That was tough. I felt really alone because no one knew what was actually going on.”
But through that darkness a man came into his life, who showed such kindness and wisdom, that life was changed for ever
He had discovered his first mentor, and realised how life changing and powerful having someone to bounce of ideas with, or just converse with one to one could be.
And this seems to me to be one of the first big dots, on his Join Up Dots timeline.
But perhaps he would say otherwise, and point to other moments that have led him to where he is today?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Robert Mallon
Sat, 19 September 2015
Hello there and welcome to a bonus edition of Join Up Dots.
Have you ever looked at things that you can do in your lives easily, and think what's the point in taking time to do them?
Such small insignificant actions that appears to not make any difference at all to the big picture?
Well most people think that way, which is why they are reluctantly content to stay in their current situations.
Unless they get instant gratification for their actions, then they fail to grasp the simple fact, that all these small actions add up to something amazing.
Learn to cook over a period of time, by learning about the oven, food, and cutting devices and you never go hungry.
Simply keep throwing packages into the microwave eating happily, until you get a power cut and then what are you going to do?
It's the small actions that make the difference.
Well in today's episode of Join Up Dots, David Ralph lays down a challenge to all his listeners to take such a small action that on it's own it wont make any difference.
But the compound effect is huge, and best of all everyone of you reading this can do the same and join in.
He was inspired by reading the story of Kyle Macdonald, who went on an epic adventure swapping items to see how much value he could gain each time.
Starting with just a red paper-clip, he travelled the globe until someone was willing to swap a house with him. Amazing.
He was also inspired by the many people who have started with 1 penny, and doubled it in just 28 steps to over £1,000,000....equally amazing.
The true inspiration being that these people believed in the impossible.
They could see that these small steps all add up, unlike the majority of the world who will look at the penny and say...."What's the point it's only 1 penny".
However action takers will say that it's actually 1/28th of a million dollars.
Totally different mindset.
So in today episode he has simply asked everyone of his listeners to go out and tell two people about the show, and ask them to listen.
If they like the show then he would like the two additional listeners to tell two people.
Nothing huge, but the start of a world changing compound effect.
Will they do it, or think what's the point?
Will they head to the instant gratification of a tweet, FB post or other form of social media and fail to tell anyone, as they won't be able to see the results of their actions straight away?
Well, if they do share in twenty eight days it would be possible to have over 1,600,000 new listeners starting from just one pair of ears.
A total movement being created in less than a month. Once again amazing.
So today instead of just doing what needs to be done in your life, have a thought about what would happen if you look for the compound effect in your actions.
Where could you be in 28 days, by working on a series of small actions leading to a big dream?
Well, you could be a millionaire for a start, which would at least make you extremely popular with opposite sex.
And that is a dream worth having I would have thought!
Direct download: Bonus_-_The_Two_By_Two_Red_Paperclip_Experiment.mp3
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Fri, 18 September 2015
My guest today, on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is Adam Dicker, a man who is a lifelong entrepreneur and domain expert who at age 18 received a $100,000 job offer while he was just beginning university.
He got online in 1985, right after he got his first Macintosh computer and in 1989, then started running a large computer store in Toronto.
He did this until 1994 when he started his own Internet Service provider, and as you can imagine by that time he was hooked on the internet.
But of course being hooked on something that in many ways was just finding its feet, is both invogiarting and also unpredictable.
This was still four years before Google was formed?
What did we say before we could tell everyone "Oh, just go and Google it?"
He registered his first domain name in 1996 and is one of a small group of individuals to sell a domain name for seven figures.
In 2003 he purchased DNForum.com, which is now the most popular domain name forum on the Internet.
He is considered the domain expert by many in the domain industry.
So looking back did he come along at the right time, when the world wide web, was finding its feet, or has he made smart decisions throughout his adult life?
And what would he be able to do if we didn't have a network of information available to us?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only, yes, domain man himself......Adam Dicker