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It’s with great delight that I get to speak to Candace Rose Rardon, a lady, who was first introduced me to a guest who appeared way back on episode 15 of the show Mike Sowden. After the show without hesitation he told me, you have to get this lady on the show “as she is having an affair!” Well actually, I don’t know if he did say that, but they are the first words that you see on her website “The Great Affair” But what does this mean? Well let’s tell you more about her, as you will see this lady is seriously in love with life, travel and her art, and experiencing life not just living it. She is an writer, sketch artist, and illustrator, and now calls the world her muse. She travels with a passion to capture not just the images, and architecture of the world, but also the flavour and emotions too. This makes her unique in my view. She is someone that shows us through her words and also her amazing sketches how she sees the world. Her character and personality shines out through her work, like no photograph can ever capture. So how did this all start, well we find out during the show. But like my own life has been changed by the Steve Jobs “Join Up Dots” speech, it there to see that hers was changed by the words of Joseph Campbell who once said “We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” And now in her own words, “Seven years ago, I hesitantly took Campbell’s advice. I let go of the life I had planned and opened myself to the myriad possibilities the world has to offer. While stepping off the edge of my safe existence into the unknown was a terrifying prospect, I also had a feeling that something incredible awaited me if I could take that initial leap of faith. Life has been a crazy adventure ever since.” So what is it about travel that lights her up, and is it all plain sailing or are their times that she longs for a cubicle in a grey office somewhere? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Candace Rose Rardon Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Candace Rose Rardon such as: How she will never lose the appeal of having movement in her life, but realises that now its the movement of energy and passion that is the most important. How she had to build up her confidence levels to travel the world by first travelling to England and New Zealand…close enough to America but different enough to appeal. The moment when her big dot appeared and a single conversation changed her life forever. How she finds it so surreal that she has found a thing in her life that people will pay for, and will never lose that wonderment each time income is earned. And lastly…. You will find out what she misses most during her travel in her life – the pillow or the bed….and that is a deep question.

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In today's confidence boosting Join Up Dots free podcast we spend our time answering listeners question sent through to us this week, and give some amazing answers Hope you enjoy it and if you want to send your own questions into the Join Up Dots team then simply go to the contact details at the bottom of the page and tell us whats in your mind. 1: Hi David and the Join Up Dots team, wow. I don't know how you find the energy to deliver so much amazing content. This is the best podcast I have ever heard, so wanted to ask a question that you might be able to answer on the show. This is the first time I have ever done this, so hope for a positive response. I suffer from depression and often have low energy levels that stop me tackling anything big to change my life. I would love to do what the guests are doing, but the thought of it is too demanding. Any suggestions? - Don McKenzie, Seattle USA 2: Hi David, many of your guests talk about being in the state of flow. I find this concept really interesting as I guess that is where we do our best work. Where can i find out more about this, other than Googling "Flow" - Gemma Holiester, New York 3: Hi David, I am thinking of starting a new business but know that I dont want to deal with customers, and work on anyone elses time. What do you suggest? Is this possible? - Arnold Baker, Albany, New York. 4: Hello Mr Ralph, I live in Argentina and love your show. I would love to know, do you have a support group around you. I have heard you talk about finding people, but dont know where to start. Agustín Garcia

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My guest today, on the confidence boosting Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who a few years back was disappointed with the current mental health care solutions he was offered after suffering from stress in the workplace. So like so many guests, he didn't accept what he saw and decided to take action, turning to alternative therapies which got him through and beyond this temporary stress. These solutions began forming into a business idea which led him to creating Stressbox in Jan 2014, and he took these learnings into the corporate environment to help with de-stressing in companies everywhere. As they say "We are an up and coming mental wellness fitness brand with a social purpose to support the epidemic of work related stress. We succeed in this by creating innovative holistic fitness workshops, in-house talks on preventing stress and performing our epic yet different fitness class….StressBox. Our powerful class combines Boxing fitness with Mindfulness all to wonderful music to inspire and enlighten you within our 1 hour experience. We create magic moments in our bespoke classes to suit your busy schedule, at StressBox we understand that time in this hectic world is valuable so we combined Holistic health with musical fitness to have greater impact on your mindset not just your body." To succeed in this new business, he researched stress in society for 2 years via practical innovative coaching and academically using Neuroscience, the science of meditation and positive psychology. And rapidly this knowledge became a cult hit at a popular gym in Birmingham, England with teachers, doctors, entrepreneurs, and teenagers becoming fanatics with his alternative style. So why if he had an issue with stress did he then decide to build a business around it, and not run to live stress free on a hot tropical island somewhere full of bikini wearing beauties? And is this as a real life issue, or do so many people just use the word as a badge of honour nowadays? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only, Mr Liam Joe Blackwood. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Liam Joe Blackwood such as: Why so many people find themselves in situations in their lives which doesn't naturally match their skills and talents - which can obviously lead to the kind of stress which can be avoided. Why the power of visualisation is such a powerful process in building success in a persons life, and the steps that we should take everyday to bring these visions to life. Liam Joe recalls the battles he overcome in the early days to get his vision out to the world, and the steps he took to get there. Why we should never overthink anything in our lives, but simply look to do the best we can in the most relaxed method possible. That is always the best way. and lastly…. Why Liam Joe allowed himself to feel creative and playful in his life which was a complete gamechanger and turned his life around forever.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who I'll be honest with I stumbled across on the web. And every now and again you see something on a website or about page that you think "Yeah that is spot on in every-way" Well today's guest had a line about how she operated in her business at the beginning which said "I pretended to have my shit together in a life-coach imposter kind of way" Wow, let's think about this. This is a lady who was happy to say, look guys I am working at this everyday of the week. I have good days and bad, and sometimes very bad. But I keep on coming back to it, as it's what I wanted to do. And aren't we glad she did, as now she is rocking and rolling as a relationship coach from her base in Canada, where she coaches clients across the world in how to build the strongest relationships in the world. She is a TEDx alumni, international trainer, coach and writer, and with a BA in Sociology and as a certified Life Coach, she has provided guidance to people from every walk of life and income bracket to improve and empower their lives for over 25 years. As they say "She has a knack for simplifying the most complex problems into small doable steps that create lasting change." So did she always want to be in the relationship business and deal with peoples problems in such an intimate and powerful way? And where does she see this all going? Is she on the hot spot of her timeline or still working towards something in her life? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Beth Hanishewski Show Highlights. During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Beth Hanishewski such as: Beth admits that she is a tragic marketer, but is always blown away that people can find her online, which will always come down to being good at what she does!. Why she feels that she became a relationship coach by accident, and explains how she now loves being paid for doing something that she loves...but that wasn't always the case. and lastly…. Why it is so important to live through real world relationships and experiences and get something from every stage you encounter.

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Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the top rated podcast inter Join Up Dots is a slight departure from what we have seen recently. Elizabeth grew up in New York State, where she sang pop songs by Madonna around the house and started writing her own pop songs at an early age. Then when she was nine years old her school music teacher told her she had the voice of an opera singer, and took her to see her first opera. Her great-grandfather was a virtuoso musician who signed with Victor Records in the 1890’s, but no one else in her family ever listened to classical music. Which is a really interesting position to find yourself in. Most people will struggle with fighting their way to a new future even if they are surrounded by people that have the same passion as them. But find yourself in a world, where very few people understand what is going on inside you then it comes down to a huge amount of hustle muscle, and personal belief. And so she worked at her talent, found the right people to work with and a few years later sang her first classical piece, and has never looked back. But even more interesting is her refusal to do things any other way than her own, and is blending many different styles into her repertoire, even comedy with an off the wall version of “Hot Stuff” by Donna Summer. So with all the avenues in front of her to travel, how does she make the decisions that will be right for her own career, and not dilute her natural born talent? And does she embrace the hustle that it takes to build a career, or would she like to just get up there and belt them out? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Elizabeth Tyron. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty subjects with Elizabeth Tryon such as: Why Madonna is such a great role model for anyone struggling with lack of focus and an inability to deal with the knocks that life will deal you. Why being authentic to yourself and living a life on your own terms is the only way to go as it leads to finding your tribe so much quicker. How the hustle muscle is not something she likes doing, but has learnt how to let things simply figure themselves out.. And lastly…….. How it is so important to find the sweet spot within your own talent to maximise the rewards for the minimum effort.

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Today's show is a coaching based episode whereby David Ralph, the host of Join Up Dots, and founder of Dream Starters Academy Coaching talks about his week and how he has come to the realisation that everybody needs more confidence in their lives. After talking to a couple of listeners this week, discussing their businesses and their lives it become evident that the number one thing that was holding them back is the belief that the results that they will get may not be good. They are unwilling to put themselves into a situation where the work they are doing behind the scenes could turn out to be not as good as they hope it will be. They are unwilling to test out the perfection they feel that have in their hands. And that is the problem with perfection...we want to cherish and protect to keep that perfection real in our mind. But that is not the way that life is, and its certainly not the way that we should be operating. What is the point in having something beautiful in our lives if we aren't allowing the world to see that beauty? There is no point at all. So in this episode of Join Up Dots, your host David Ralph gives you his view on what makes confidence and how we can take small actions everyday to grow that much needed belief system in ourselves. He also tells a story about one of the biggest listeners that Join Up Dots has Mr Mike Buckerfield from Wales, and the life-changing battle with Welsh Ninjas that he had this week. And of course we hit part three of the Gargle Game, the online phenomenon that is taking the world of podcasting by storm

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who first appeared back on the show on episode 433. On the show we followed his journey from a small boy born with asthma, but 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 a desire for adventure. 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.” And now with an additional passion of creating sustainability in mobility, he is travelling the world inspiring everyone he meets to get out there bicycles and pedal happily, with a serious message behind it all. Bicycles are simple, sustainable transportation and an essential element in disaster assistance and poverty relief. They fulfil basic needs by providing access to healthcare, education, and economic development. The mission, to provide access to independence and livelihood through the power of the bike. All interesting stuff I'm sure you'll agree. So of course we have all used bicycles for years as a form of fun and exercise, so why should we have a campaign like this when the world should be saying "Yeah, been doing it for years!" And where does he see this heading for him, into more campaigning and perhaps political aspirations? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Manuel Bustelo Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Manuel Bustelo such as: Why being an adventurer is such an amazing life, although it doesn't remove the financial difficulties that plagues most businesses like you might think How he was inspired to enter into the world of sustainable mobility after seeing the terrible oil spill in the Caribbean, and felt driven to tackle it head on. Why Cities like Amsterdam are taking the lead in sustainability, which proves that it can be done with the right mindset. and lastly…. How to connect with him directly to find out more information regarding this subject and where it can lead.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who has been building her entrepreneurial business since she was a young twelve year old girl interested in computers. And as we show you on the introduction and the show, a career is built by many different steps. Many different phases until you get to what looks like the natural place. The thing that you were born to do. Back in 2002 she launched her first website, a manga scanlation site (translating comics from Japanese & English into Polish) and grew it to 40K views in under 5 months and even managed a virtual staff of people who volunteered to support the growth. Jump on seven years, and she was then running a successful photography business, and this was her life for seven years, before stepping back into the corporate world when....as she she says in her own words "I worked my tail off in the marketing agency world, including a stint at a corporate ad agency as community manager and social media/email marketing strategist. This is when I got really obsessed with branding, business development, list-building and all the ways biz owners can create consistent revenue without losing their shit." The first dots had been well and truly placed, and now it was a case of joining them up with the creation of her own self named Digital Marketing Agency. This is a successful digital marketing consulting & education company where she helps modern businesses and entrepreneurs to grow their presence, make more money, and truly blow up online so they can become leaders in their field. And once again as she says "I freaking LOVE it!" So did she always know that she was gently placing the foundations in place as she went, or was each phase in her life supposed to be her legacy work? And what does she find is the hardest part of growing a business? The sales, marketing, or the hours that it takes to get it off the ground? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Kamila Gornia Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Kamila Gornia such as: We discuss the reasons why she loves marketing more than anything, and why she feels this is now a big part of her life that she couldn't leave behind. Why using your super talent and personal energy to attract clients in the world is such an amazing method of finding the abundance in your life. The ability to have persistence in your business and simply turning up everyday is such an amazing way to overcome the obstacles that life throws at us. and lastly…. How freaking weird it was that she was able to run a business as a twelve year old, a fact she now looks back on and is amazed at herself.

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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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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is an only twenty seven years old, but he seems to have packed in several decades of work and hustle in such a short period of time. He has been an entrepreneur in the eCommerce industry since 2009 and has grown into a leading expert in the field with experience managing multi-million dollar businesses. But of course we are most interested in what he is doing today. What is getting him excited everyday when he jumps out of bed? Well he is the Founder and CEO of FreeeUp a company that he started 2015 after spending 7+ years interviewing, hiring, and training remote workers. He decided that there must be a better way for eCommerce companies to hire remote workers without having to spend hours interviewing and finding the most reliable people. A year later and FreeeUp is a rapidly growing company interviewing hundreds of worker applicants each week and providing remote workers for hundreds of clients. He has found a gap in the market place and filled it with his experience and passion allowing it to flourish. And with his extensive knowledge in creating business systems and processes, personnel management, hiring remote workers, the Amazon Marketplace, and advanced sales tactics this is going to get bigger and bigger. But does he see this as his legacy work, or simply something that is moving him closer and closer towards his goals? And what does he enjoy the most in his work….the creation, or the customer satisfaction? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Nathan Hirsch Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Nathan Hirsch such as: How Nathan has developed the abilities to bounce back from every failure that has hit him, ensuring that he has learnt from those hard-times before moving forward. The story of the trip to Myrtle Beach, where he suffered a huge client loss and identity fraud all within a few hours…tipping his world on its axis. Why you should always look to start hiring as soon as you can in your business, to allow yourself free time to do the stuff that you are best at. and lastly…. Why he has set up his company to have three levels of staff, to boost the quality of the work, and to maintain greater control on standards and systems..very wise decision indeed.

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