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Stress is a problem that most people deal with, and my guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a man who has an amazing story that has led to where he is today as part ninja, part monk, and part of this world. Yes, that is a start that we have never done on Join Up Dots, but after you listen to the guest talk then you realise that it’s about spot on. Going back in time, our guests story started as he travelled the world as a professional athlete coming from Canada, through the US, and overseas into Australia and Germany as he followed his dreams and passion of baseball. In fact he spent most of his life as an athlete, and as he got older, he discovered a passion that wasn’t expected at the beginning of his sporting life But throughout an arduous season swinging the bat, he found he was able to stay healthy and injury free through a long season no matter what city, or continent or how far he travelled. And this was the first dawning realisation of where he wanted to go in his life The experiments he performed on himself through both nutrition and fitness started to form his fledgling business, and what he found was fascinating, He discovered that the majority of what causes us issues in our health all stem from our stress levels. He discovered that if we’re able to reduce the stress in our lives through what we put in and on our body, and by reducing the stress in our environment, we can live healthy, vibrant lives. So how did he discover this, and although part monk is he able to to now remain stress free in his life when someone cuts him up on the freeway? And what is the number one thing that we can do to induce this state of stress free relaxation around in our lives? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Drew Taddia

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Today’s guest joining us on Join Up Dots, is one of those guys that I love speaking to as when you first research them you think “They are a little bit mad” And then when you see them describe themselves as “An amateur adventurer, digital nomad and travel addict. I like to get muddy, naked and painted.” you think yeah wasn’t far wrong. But what makes this guy fascinating to me, is how very easily he could have been living the normal, humdrum lifestyle of so many of us if he had listened to the words of others. As he says in his own words “I first started backpacking when I was eighteen and was instantly hooked by all the inspiring people I met whilst hitching, camping and couch-surfing around Europe. Since then, I have lived in India for a year, worked on bars in Vietnam, herded goats in the Holy Land and conquered the highest navigable pass in the world armed with a poorly drawn map and a packet of ritz crackers. I have survived knife-point robberies in Nepal, guerrilla encounters in Myanmar, motorbike crashes in Vietnam and numerous other mis-adventures. In 2011, I came back to the UK and settled into a job (much to my parents delight!) working for a travel company; I hoped I had found my true calling! Sadly, I spent almost all of my time behind a desk and so I decided to throw it all in, start this blog, and hit the road. And now with thousands of followers actively consuming the tales of adventure and madness everyday, it seems to me that he has now found his true calling. So what was it about ritz crackers and the life on the open road that so appealed in the early days? And by surviving on just $12 dollars a day for over two years, has this been the key to totally immersing yourself into this thing called Planet Earth, that so many of us rarely truly see? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Will Hatton Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Will Hatton such as: How he almost had a mental breakdown due to feeling so lost during a period of his life that he literally didn’t know which way to turn, whilst others seemed to know instinctively where they were heading. How he almost lost his leg when trekking through the South American jungle, and what he learnt from the experience Why a business built on passion will always find the way to overcome the obstacles that will occur on the way. How the entrepreneurial spirit that allows him to thrive could not have been as developed without the travel and adventure he has tackled. And lastly……. Why you can always create a plan b if you need one, but for gods sake don’t waste time trying to make everything safe and perfect if you never get going.

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Todays show is a coaching based episode whereby David Ralph, the host of Join Up Dots, and founder of Dream Starters Academy Coaching answers listeners questions directly. He will also spend time reflecting on what occured in his show in 2016, and his plans going forward, This is a no holds bared version of the show, that will cover the following subjects: Where is the honesty in todays online world? I have listened to you and you seem very open and friendly, but where would you say are people that you can trust? - Jenna Kovich Ukraine Im in a job that is ok but boring. I want to work on my own business designing clothing ranges for teens too. Can you suggest how to get my company to allow me freetime, when I have a lot of spare time when they dont need me? - Daniel Richards How money do I need to start a business - Amy Martell, Scotland 4. Hi David I would love to start my own business, and have tried several times. However I cant break out of the poverty zone and seem to market my products fartoo low. I work in the field of office productivity and time manegement - Jessica Albrough, Minestta Vikings 5. I heard on a recent show that you think you need to take three years to create a business. Why so long, as you also said on an earlier show that you made six figures in only six months? - Brian Conbar, United Kingdon

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My guest today loves sex and on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who is doing things that from the outside might seem a bit unexpected. But that is what makes her perfect for a show like Join Up Dots She is a Brazilian lawyer, former legal professor, author of a textbook on international contract law, as well as the author of the hot sizzling sexy legal thriller "Behind The Door" and its follow up Lara's Journal: A Sizzling, Psychological Suspense (Hidden Motives Book 2) And this sounds like my kind of book "Simone Bennet is on a long vacation, trying to heal from the trauma she suffered at the hands of a serial-killer kidnapper. After looking death in the face, she tries to develop a new outlook on life—live in the moment! Carl, the charming lawyer, is back, asking once more for Simone’s help, this time in analyzing Lara’s journals, which were discovered by her siblings after her death. In her own words, Lara divulges all her secrets, and reveals a dramatic world of betrayal, passion, and the most unusual sexual behaviors, exposing the beautiful architect’s troubled life. Well, of course will discuss her latest work, but what interest me most is where she directs her passions. How does she know what she should be doing next in her life, as she speaks four languages: English, French, Portuguese and Spanish, she also studies Chinese. She loves to dance (Tango) and workout. She loves to travel, loves good wine, and has been studying astrology for fifteen years If this is not enough she also likes to paint and cook. So with all these different interests how does she manage to create something worthwhile, and not end up simply dabbling here there and everywhere? And when she was a young girl, what did she want to do most in her life. Was it an author, or has this taken her by surprise? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Adriana Gavazzoni.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who started his entrepreneurial life with a similar vibe to so many people on the planet today. He wanted to scream "Show me the money!" As he says" My dream growing up was to be RICH. It wasn’t about Financial Freedom or having the ability to do what I want or any of that. I just wanted to be rich. My ego wanted everything that went along with it. The big house, the fancy cars…all of it. I loved the lure of it all and in my young, immature, egocentric, male mind I mistakenly thought that money was what this life was all about. For me, in the beginning, money was my GOD. Right when I was finishing up college (I say “finishing” instead of graduating because I never did) we came into one of the biggest Real Estate Booms this country has ever seen. I immediately saw the opportunity and began obsessively looking to buy my first piece of real estate. It came fast, and I bought AND SOLD a house in the same day for a profit of $33,000!! How’s that for a days work?" Now speed on a few years and the words that he had heard so many times "like “make sure you don’t rush things”, “don’t bite off more than you can chew”, “don’t over leverage yourself”, “make sure you get out early, don’t be caught when the market turns” etc…, etc… started coming back to haunt him. As he says "All these really smart and seasoned pros were telling me this, but the cocky 20 something year old thought he knew more than these guys did, and I got burnt BIG TIME." And that is a great place to start this episode of Join Up Dots. So how did he go from crashing and burning to where he is today, where he has built-owned 6 Multi- Million Dollar Businessess across various industries, raised 10+ Million in Public Capital and 2+ Million in private capital, and alongside his wife Amy currently are owner-operators of AKC Fitness, a distribution channel for health and wellness products where they have a team of 25,000+ distributors. And is everything built in a much more stable and consistent way than he had previously achieved in his life? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Keith Callahan

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My guest today, on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who for many years suffered with the age old question that we all seem to struggle with “What should I be doing with my life?” On the outside, it was a question that didn’t seem to be required to answer. She had a great job, a good-life, friends, a boyfriend…..most of our must have tick boxes were well and truly filled. However deep down she had a feeling that there must be more to life than what she was experiencing. This couldn’t be what she had been placed on this earth to experience. So, within six months she had quit her job, and set about going after the life of her dreams. She worked out what she most wanted to achieve, she wrote the lists, she worked her butt off, and she ended up doing something that she didn’t like. As she says “Not every business is meant for you and just because others can make a go of it, doesn’t mean it’s your calling. It was a hard decision to make but I decided, it was time to let it go. When I did that I felt a sense of relief. While I didn’t like the fact that I had just ‘failed’, I did feel relief that there was nowhere else to go but up. Plus, my amazing dad had said to me at that time, ‘Jennifer, failure is like a badge of honour to an entrepreneur. What’s next?” That was a big moment for me. It’s when I learned, and I mean intrinsically learned in all the cells of my being that failure isn’t bad. That failure is a part of growth and it can have a very empowering meaning if we allow it. So where did this moment of relief and letting go take her? And could she have to got to where she is now, without going though this period of her life? Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Jennifer Trask

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Todays show is a coaching based episode whereby David Ralph, the host of Join Up Dots, and founder of Dream Starters Academy Coaching answers listeners questions directly. He will also spend time reflecting on what occured in his show in 2016, and his plans going forward, This is a no holds bared version of the show, that will cover the following subjects: I have a car detailing business and I was wondering if I should get a web presence. I have always been a business card kind of guy? - Dennis Fieldman, USA I am loving Snapchat, are you on it David, and if not why? - Carol Pearson, New Zealand Every year I start with all the enthusiasm in the world to start a new business and change my life and by end of January I lose my way. What am I doing wrong? - Baird Rimmer Do you think its important to chase influencers in your field, or not? - Maxwell Harding, UK I heard your last coaching show and loved it. Why have you just started doing it? - Anne Harding UK I am starting to build my email list...do you have anytips on how to do this? - Jerrry McShriner

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who has since a child been working towards where he finds himself today. Today he is a business owner, author, executive coach and podcaster. Over the the last 16 years he has developed his skills as an entrepreneur. The first company he created was a global risk management consulting firm that served the private equity community. His top 15 clients had a combined revenue of $12.7 billion USD and operated in over 100 countries worldwide. Since that time he has bought and sold several multi-million dollar businesses making him a sought after, cross-industrial resource for entrepreneurs and executives in all stages of business. But how did he get here, well this is where the dots have well and truly joined up As he says" As a child I was obsessed with knowing how things worked. I could always be found tearing apart some toy, electronic device or engine to see how it worked. This eventually lead me to studying humans to figure out what makes us tick." First dot ticked off the time line. Then he continues "My Entrepreneurial addiction started at age 13 when I became a caddie. I did not know it then but the countless hours of working as a caddie on the golf course, walking, talking and asking non stop questions of the business elite, would have a profound influence on my career and life long fascination of studying and modeling Peak Performers." So that's the second dot then.... Which leads to where he is today "Trying to find ways to add value to others. Through speaking, teaching, podcasting, and sharing what he has learned with other entrepreneurs and business leaders, to help executives with limited time achieve more. He appears to be a man who has earned his stripes, by taking consistent action in environments that perhaps at the beginning were not in his natural zone of comfort. So is he now where he loves being everyday, or is he still in the "I am working towards where I want to truly be"? And what are the first steps that everyone can take to really start taking control of their own destiny? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Thor Conklin.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who has found her thing in life almost by accident. But as we see on Join Up Dots there is no such thing as accidental. All the dots are deliberately placed in front of us due to the choices and decisions that we make time and time again As she says "So, I started side hustling out of necessity. I wasn’t so much angry as I was resigned. “Debt is a way of life” was my motto for most of my adult life. Lack of hope kept me from putting together a solid, workable plan to get myself out of debt. Lack of hope kept me stuck. And stuck for a an embarrassingly long period of time. But, a few years ago, I found the world of business podcasts and I dove headlong into it, meeting new people who helped me challenge some long held beliefs. I started a small virtual assistant side business, providing social media and community management and other support services for podcasters with purpose. I crushed my car loan. Demolished my credit card debt. And now I’m finishing off the last of my student loan! But, this is about so much more than beating debt and bringing in extra income." What she has done is find a need within herself, and upskill until she can provide value to paying customers. And business isn't much harder than that. Find something that you are good at. Work really hard to be great at it. And then use those passions and skills to solve problems for others. And now with her flourishing business showing her skills as a side hustle coach and financial freedomfighter she is showing the world how making the leap of faith does not need to be as scary as you think. So why did she have the financial mindset that life was tough, and debt was a way of life? And does she now see that everything she was experiencing in life was down to the actions that she was taking to make those experiences what they were? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Tracey Minutolo

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My guest today, on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who is a top ranked boxing prospect and also Trinidad & Tobago’s boxing ambassador. He is also is a sought after model who has been photographed around the world since the age of 17. And when you see the photos ladies (and of course men too) that fact doesn’t come as a surprise What does come as a surprise though, is this guy, with a highly tuned competitive streak was so obviously looking for the non-obvious route that could fulfil his dreams. Growing up he was involved in a variety of sports. He loved soccer, basketball, football, baseball and swimming and at just 10 years old started playing basketball and continued playing throughout college. At 16 he was already a certified lifeguard and a highly recruited athlete in multiple sports. In his senior year of high school he was recruited to play basketball for several NCAA Division 1 and 2 schools. Now this is when one of the big twists occured in his life, or as we say he hit one of his big dots. College proved to be quite a defining time for him, he started as a Kinesiology major, but after just one single acting course, he found that he had discovered his love and passion for acting and switched his major to Theatre. It wasn’t long after this revelation that the acting gigs began pouring in. He landed his first commercial and this was quickly followed by a well-known television ad with Nike. Now he could have said “This is easy” and coasted a bit, but instead he set out to become the very best that he can be in this new found arena. He started defining his craft, by studying at The Second City and Groundlings, schools who boast of alumni including Jim Carrey, Will Ferrell, Seth Rogan and Steve Carell. He added to his training by studying at The Ivana Chubbuck Studio that has trained Hollywood’s elite such as Halle Berry, Brad Pitt, Terence Howard and more. He knew if he was going to be the best he had to surround himself with the best that Hollywood can offer. And now away from the acting he is training for the Olympics, and once again surrounds himself with the best by fighting out of the world famous Wild Card Boxing Club, home to superstar world champions. So what has these diverse uses of his time and talents taught him, as he drives forwards with his ambitions? And is better to become very very good at one thing, or be diverse as he has been up to this point? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Daniel Hayes. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Daniel Hayes such as: How “The Revenant”is a truly boring film, no matter how many awards it gains across the film industry…..but why it has an amazing message for all entrepreneurs too! Why Mike Tyson would always get up at [4:00]am in the morning to go running, because all his competitors are asleep, and the reasons behind the decision to do this. Why being in the flow and present in the moment is the state that we must all aim for no matter what arena we put ourselves….it’s where the huge wins are found. And lastly…. Who he would choose to be in later years Mickey Rourke or Leo DiCaprio, and the reasons why he believes that both are masters of their art.

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