Fri, 19 July 2019
Today’s episode is entitled schools out for summer due to the relief that i will be feeling in just a few weeks time. Yes, shortly I will be closing up shop and quite literally touring the world with my family. Screaming “Schools out for summer” at every opportunity. But how do you do this when you need to provide content to the world three times a week? How can you really scream schools out for summer if you have work that is required Well in todays show i reveal how i almost made the wrong decision and went with the easy route to success. I almst decided that I would stop podcasting like so many other people do across the world. They podfade and make things easier for themselves, instead of thinking of what got them there in the first place. Enjoy “Schools out for summer” and let me know if I have made the right decision. Audio Transcription Of Schools Out For Summer David Ralph [0:00] Yes, I know that Good morning GA Good morning, and welcome to Join Up Dots. Join Up Dots Join Up. Dots. Do you know this isn’t an episode, which is kind of like an episode within our episode inside it and what you’re going to hear, you’re going to hear an episode of recorded recently, when it was all about my stresses my struggles and stuff. And basically what what you what you will hear what you will hear is a show that I recorded that I was going to put out live. And then I slept on it. And I woke up the next morning and I thought to myself, no, that’s not right. I shouldn’t put that out to the world. And then the next day, I thought about it. And I thought no, I will put it out to the world. But I will do a little sort of intro that I’m doing now to sort of lead up to why you’re getting this episode. And then there’s a bit at the end which I will explain why. So once the music fades on the episode, you’ll hear me again, you’ll hear my sexy tones again. And I will tell you exactly why it has caused me distress. This has caused me distress and you will hear now. So this is the episode enjoy it. And I see you again after the music finishes at the end. Okay, okay. Intro [1:22] When we’re young, we have an amazing positive outlook about how great life is going to be. But somewhere along the line we forget to dream and end up settling in Join Up Dots features amazing people who refuse to give up and chose to go after their dreams. This is your blueprint for greatness. So here’s your host live from the back of his garden in the UK, David Ralph. David Ralph [1:47] Yes, good morning, good morning, or afternoon or evening or whatever time it is in your world. Thank you for being here with the Join Up Dots show Yes, the Join Up Dots Meister is coming to you in UA but across the globe. And that’s what I have been doing for nearly six years. Now. I’m going to reference something and I’ve been thinking about this long and hard. And I’m actually spoken about it a few times in podcast episodes going forward. But since since I’ve been doing Join Up Dots, we’ve released over 1500 shows. And we have provided content, inspiration, motivation, interviews, and solo shows. And we have been trying to mix it up to give you what you want. And it’s always about you listeners always about your listeners. And there’s not one listener out there. But I do not think about whether you drop me a line or I never hear from you. It’s all about you right from the very beginning, now overly at this summer period. And I’ve been having a lot of problems through Join Up Dots. And one of the problems I have is the guests, they baulking to be recorded, and when they don’t turn up, I’ve had a serious and if you’re listening out there and you was a guest but did this men’s Mac potty time because some of the emails that I’ve had from people where they’ve cancelled a booking, and then another time we reschedule and then I cancel that. And they say oh, sorry, I got busy. Sorry, I got this. Pretty much. that annoys me, that annoys me. Because what they’re saying is their time is busier than my time. Now in Join Up Dots. And this is my business. So I set myself up to be very available. But when these guys are ready to be recorded, and then by just blow out at the last minute, as we say in the United Kingdom, which is unprofessional is unprofessional. If you say you’re going to do something, you’re going to do it. Well over the summer, I’ve been chasing my tail to keep up with the amount of content that I’m producing. And it may not seem a lot, it may not seem a lot of people. But believe me doing three shows a week as I have been been doing for so many years is a lot. And I used to be maybe a six months ahead of schedule. And then it got to three months ahead of schedule. And then looking back in hindsight, probably what I made a mistake or was going I’m so far ahead, I take a little bit of a breather, and allowed that that bucket of recorded shows to sort of deplete somehow the reservoir became a little bit less. So over the last six, probably about three months, I’ve been chasing it every single day thinking I’ve got to get somebody in to do Tuesdays or Wednesdays or Thursdays now. I’m coming over to the United States of America. Yes, I am. I’m going to be wondering the world of Trump plan. So if you are anywhere in the New York area, the New York State and you see somebody and you think he looks very attractive, hang on, he looks attractive. He looks like he’s English, and he’s got bags under his eyes. A copy can’t it probably is it probably is. So if you see anybody who looks vaguely like me through New York State, and come over and say hello, and it’d be lovely to see you I don’t expect with one person will will grab me on the street, but you never know. And so it will be me. So I’ve got a hold of August, I’m closing down shop on Join Up Dots. And I’ve had a problem, I’ve been trying to work out how I can keep the show going for that period. And I don’t want to let you down because that’s what I’m here for. I’m here to provide the entertainment and the inspiration to get you your juices out to get your juices flowing. So that you can go out and do your own thing. But it’s got to a point now, but I thought to myself, I need to make a decision. So the whole thing doesn’t crumble. And I don’t crumble either. So from next week, I’m going down to two days a week, Monday and Thursday, you will be getting an episode of Join Up Dots till I get back in September. And then I will see what I can do to bring it up. Now you might say to me now that’s all right, David. That’s why we’ve been worried about you. We’ve been worried about you. You’re looking tired, you’re sounding tired. Your energy levels are where they are. Or you might be going, well paga this, I listen to this on my commute every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. And I’ve been listening to this for the last few years. And now. Now I have a day. But I don’t have the doctor Mr. Well, I will say in that I do apologise. And I will also say to you, there’s a lot of content, you haven’t heard all the content. And it’s quite an interesting journey, I get quite a lot of people that say, Oh, I listened to the early shows. And they they like to hear the difference in Join Up Dots. Because it was a very different show, I was a very different person. And so they’ve gone back, and they’ve been trolling the episodes, and they dropped me line saying, Oh, I listen to Episode 18. And I looked at this person work and stuff. So it is an interesting storey to go back onto. But the reason that this show is twofold. Number one, I just want to say school goes out for every camera everybody has hang out, that’s the young ones, you gotta you gotta know, the young ones from the 1980s. And if you haven’t watched the young ones, you’ve missed out. And the second thing is, the reason I’ve been doing this as well of dropping down is as you know, back in the day, I had burnt out twice, and I got into a terrible state, where it’s taken me years to try to get this feeling of overwhelm and stress out of my body. And so I’m very, very protective of my energy levels. And if I’m starting to flag or I’m starting to feel that I’m not doing the best job because there’s too much on then I have to make those decisions. And those decisions in this regard is to go down two days a week, okay, Monday and Thursday. So you’re still going to get your interviews, yes, still going to get you your solo shows, and you can still drop me lines, and I will respond to it. And I love getting questions from people, I don’t get a lot of them. But when you do, it helps me it really helps me because it gives me content ideas to produce more shows. And if you want more shows, you know I need your help. It is really great. You send me an email, you tell me what you’re doing, where you are your issues, your problems, and I will give you my advice, like like a business Yoda. I will do Yoda every time for you, to help you on your way so that everybody listens to Join Up Dots and just sort of listens, you actually part of this, you can help me and you can, can keep me producing the episodes by giving me ideas and dropping me emails or connect on messenger or whatever you way if you want to. And it really, really does help me big time. So my burnout was the big issue leading forward, my energy levels have been getting a bit low what with everything else, and I’ve got to take a break. So I’m going off to America, as I say, coming over to Trump land, I’m going to dye my face orange and have really weird hair. And so that nobody talks to me for three or four weeks. And then when I come back, I will get back into Join Up Dots. And we’ve got so much more that I’m bringing into it in the background that we’re working on. So there’s a lot of sexy time. And sometimes you’ve got to make a decision in your life personally, to make sure that one doesn’t sort of overshadow the other and you don’t bring yourself to the knees. Because if you get to that point, you ain’t gonna show anyway. So I do apologise for everybody. Hopefully, you can understand that. Anybody who wants to drop me lines and give me questions, and tell me why you listen, it only takes a second to do but you know, it’s so useful film my email inbox with storeys, about your issues. And then you know, it will make the show more supportive for you. I’m convinced of it. And I will be back again very shortly. I’m not sure when this show is going to be going out pro believe on Monday. So I will be back again on Thursday from now on. And then that will run till about sep tember and then I will assess and see what I can do. But until that time, thank you so much for listening to Join Up Dots back was David Ralph. And School’s out. Yes goes out the summer. See you later. Cheers. Bye, bye. Outro [10:37] David doesn’t want you to become a faded version of the brilliant self you are wants to become. So he’s put together an amazing guide for you called the eight pieces of advice that every successful entrepreneur practices, including the two that changed his life, head over to Join Up dots.com to download this amazing guide for free. And we’ll see you tomorrow on Join Up Dots. David Ralph [11:08] Okay, so it’s me again, Yes, it’s me again. So I was thinking of going down to two days a week because as you’ve heard, I’ve been struggling guests have been dropping out left, right and centre. And he’s really, really unprofessional. It really winds me up big time. But hey, that’s what life is. And you find more and more when you get into the entrepreneurial world. People are unprofessional. And they’re the ones that aren’t very good. All the real top guys I’ve had on my show, they turn up at the right time. They sound great. They’re all prepared, we record done and dusted. And the ones that are kind of trying to get their business going or they’re, you know they’re a few years in, they can be a bit flaky. Now, that’s not your issue listeners. Now, what I realised after I slept on this is the part of Join Up Dots I keep on trying to get across to you is the fact that when there’s an obstacle, you can find a way around the obstacle, you can sort things out, you don’t have to, you know, you don’t have to stop what you’re doing. There’s a way around it. So I slept on it, and I woke up the next morning, I thought to myself, no, I’m a bloody podcaster I need to podcast. And actually I shouldn’t be going down two days a week, I should be going seven days a week, I should be doing 30 episodes a day, I should be cranking out the content. Now of course there’s a tipping point, you don’t want that much content, and I can’t possibly do it. But I will be staying at three days a week. Even though I’ve had my doubts. Even though I’ve got to crank out a tonne of material, I’ve got to do something like 30 shows within 10 days, which is a lot that’s to do a day. Now it doesn’t sound a lot. But you’ve got to think of the idea, you got to record it, you’ve got to edit it, you’ve got to produce it, you’ve got to do the show notes, you’ve got to do the social media, you’ve got to get guests you’ve got you know, you’re not interested, you’re not interested. But three a day is a big push. But I’m going to do it, I’m going to do it and I’m going to crank it out. And you will get a show three days a week from now on. Until I come back in September. When I come back in September, or refreshed and all or invigorated men, I will get back into it again and still crank out the episodes. So for all of you out there, that’s why I’ve done this. That’s why I put this little episode in with the intro and our show, as I’ve done to make you realise that if you’re working towards a business, if you are trying to do something, there will be times when you will doubt yourself and you will think I’ve got to do something easier. easier, doesn’t mean it’s right. And if I’m a podcaster, I have to podcast, if you are whatever you are, you’ve got to do that back is your thing. And you can’t sacrifice but you can’t stop being what you want to be you have to find a way of making it happen. So I think that is a lesson for me. And hopefully it’s a lesson for you guys as well. But the opposite court is there to be found a way around and you don’t have to go the easy road. You don’t have to sacrifice what you should be doing in your life, to just make it easier for yourself. Find a way through, push through, be inspired, that you’ve got the ability to do it. And when you have the doubts like I’ve had, think to yourself know this is going to happen. This is what I want in life. I will make it happen. Until next time, I will see you again. And this time, I’m going to play the old music again. Cheers. Bye bye.