Business Coaching with Join Up Dots

Virtual Assistant Expert Joe Rare is a serial entrepreneur, marketing strategist, business coach, and venue owner/partner. To this date, he owns four digital companies, a wedding venue, an association for event venues and invests in real estate.

His first business was a door-to-door product sales company that grew from 2 to 40 employees in 19 months, then he sold it after 27 months.

His passion for sales never dimmed, but he discovered what his life’s work would be - building digital businesses. The road was never easy for him.

The first digital agency he built and the succeeding ones didn’t make it, but he was then able to successfully win the race of having multiple 7-figure a year businesses.

How The Dots Joined Up For Joe

Since then, his businesses have been generating a continuous and substantial flow of income and he focuses on helping small- to medium-sized businesses around the world, while working from the comfort of his home in Montana and enjoying the presence of his wife and two girls.

All of his companies are fully being run by his virtual assistants:

Now that is the key element to the story which is so fascinating. He has managed to separate himself from the day to day running of the business by hiring virtual assistants?

So how did he manage to find the right ones that he could trust and didn't have to micro manage?

And where do the ideas come from that gets him excited and ready to build?

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

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Chester Santos is todays guest joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots business podcast.

He is better known as the International Man Of Memory, but you we know him as a memory expert and motivational speaker best known for winning the USA Memory Championship.

With his unparalleled ability to not only demonstrate extraordinary feats of the mind, but also educate others to do the same, this U.S. Memory Champion is widely regarded to be the world’s leading memory skills expert.

Through his entertaining and educational television appearances, professional seminars, and renowned presentations, Chester has helped millions of people around the world to realize the benefits of improved memory and a sharper mind.

He is also highly sought-after by the media for his exceptional skills and expertise. CNN, ABC, PBS, NBC, CBS, and the Science Channel have all featured Chester and his memory building tips for viewers.

Direct download: Chester_Santos.mp3
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Lisa Song Sutton is todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots business podcast. She is an entrepreneur, real estate investor and former Miss Nevada.

She started her business career working in a top Las Vegas law firm and then went on to create multiple companies of her own.  Lisa started her first business, Sin City Cupcakes in 2012. Today it is an iconic Las Vegas treat that delights tens of thousands of locals and visitors each year. 

Lisa is a highly successful entrepreneur and also co-founder of Ship Las Vegas, Elite Homes - Christie’s International Real Estate. As well as Liquid & Lace swimwear. ​

In addition to her work as a successful entrepreneur and real estate investor, Lisa is highly sought after as a speaker, coach and expert in the business world.

Direct download: Lisa_Song_Sutton.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 9:50am UTC

Throughout the last 2000 episodes of Join Up Dots, it has become clear to me that certain traits are demonstrated time and time again.

It doesn’t matter if it is from an Online Marketer, an astronaut, athlete, or entrepreneur you can find that within the person being interviewed, they all display the same attributes that build success.

Over the next few months we are going to bring you The Join Up Dots: Definitive Guide To Success series, highlighting those developed strengths which your can duplicate in your own life.

Take the learnings and struggles of the super achievers and work on each and everyone as you bring them into your own life. Use their skills to shine the light on your own success, and take you to wherever you dream to be.

In todays episode we are going to discuss the most important of them all. You have to realise that if you dont start to take the actions needed to create your own life nobody else will. Its down to you. Ready?

Direct download: The_Steps_To_Success_Episode_9.mp3
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In todays episode of Join Up Dots we reflect back on the last seven years of struggle, success and achievement.

The reason for this reflection is quite simply 30th April 2021 is the seventh birthday of the launch of Join Up Dots.

Throughout those years many things have occurred, some amazing, some terrible and some truly terrible.

But did we learn anything from this period of online meandering?

Did we discover anything that we can bring onto the show to help others in their own journeys?

Well of course we did as that is what we are all about on Join Up Dots.

Direct download: Happy_Birthday_Youre_Seven_Join_Up_Dots.mp3
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Noa Shaw is todays guest joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots Podcast Now 14 years sober, Noa Shaw has truly turned his life around.

One things for sure his life hasn't been easy, with a drugs and alcohol dependency taking grip at an early age.

Throughout his teens and the majority of his adult life his daily routine revolved around selling or taking drugs.

But eight years ago his life took a turn for the better when he wandered into a SoulCycle studio that was just opening up in Los Angeles.

SoulCycle is a fitness company that is the gold standard in cycling workouts.

After his first workout, he was hooked. How The Dots Joined Up For Noa For three months, he attended every day – sometimes two workouts per day.

He lost 100 pounds and got himself into shape both physically and mentally. The team at SoulCycle saw something in Noa and they invited him to audition as a fitness instructor.

Now at 57 years old, he is the oldest SoulCycle instructor on the planet. And here in New York City, Noa has built a dedicated following of riders that are inspired by him on a regular basis.

Today, he’s one of Soul Cycle’s most popular instructors and teaches sold-out classes in NYC multiple times a week.

As a certified life coach, he guides his clients to become better versions of themselves by helping them identify and understand their purpose in order to achieve what they want in life.

But it took many twists, turns, and trips to rehab for Noa to discover his calling: to help and be of service to others.

In caring for others, Noa found healing for himself. So does everyone have the opportunity to find something that works for them, or does life need to say "Ok now its your turn to make it work"

And where does he see the biggest issues with making a difference to other people.

Their mindset or who they surround themselves with? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Noa Shaw.

Direct download: NOA_SHAW.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Throughout the last 2000 episodes of Join Up Dots, it has become clear to me that certain traits are demonstrated time and time again.

It doesn’t matter if it is from an Online Marketer, an astronaut, athlete, or entrepreneur you can find that within the person being interviewed, they all display the same attributes that build success. Over the next few months we are going to bring you The Join Up Dots: Definitive Guide To Success series, highlighting those developed strengths which your can duplicate in your own life.

Take the learnings and struggles of the super achievers and work on each and everyone as you bring them into your own life. Use their skills to shine the light on your own success, and take you to wherever you dream to be.

Direct download: The_Steps_To_Success_Episode_8.mp3
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Alex Caragiannides is our guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview.

This is a man whose has overcome many obstacles on the way to where he is today. He first came to America as an immigrant and grew up in a North Side Greek community in Chicago.

Alex learned early on that if you work hard and make yourself invaluable to others, you’ll never go hungry. This spirit continues to drive Alex’s work ethic to this day!

However as the majority of people realise, it is great to understand you need to make yourself invaluable but where do you position yourself?

Direct download: Alex-Giannides.mp3
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Success is something that most people are craving in their lives, but few realise that they have it already.

Why is it that we can sit at our pc's starting at our tablets, and grabbing a Starbucks and not consider that for most people across the world we have won the lottery?

In todays episode of Join Up Dots we break down one mans email, who clearly feels a failure but actually has success all around him.

Now its time for us all to feel the same way.

Direct download: You_Have_Success.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 8:33am UTC

Susan Fennema is todays guest joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots business podcast.

Susan is the Chaos Eradicating Officer (CEO) of Beyond the Chaos, a consultancy helping small business owners to simplify their operations and manage their projects so they can grow their businesses and get their lives back.

With 30+ years of operations/project management experience in professional service industries, Susan is on a mission to improve American society exponentially.

When not making multi-course dinners, she enjoys Texas A&M football games and Blackhawks hockey. She lives and works from her home in McKinney, Texas, with her husband, dog, and cat. But how did she create a life that seems like everything is in place and functioning like a well oiled machine? 

 

Direct download: Susan_Fenema_Mastered.mp3
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What Are The Benefits Of Drinking Water?

Look we get it. We all know the benefits of drinking water, at least we should do. 

From grass, to plants, to our beloved pets to, well everything - it all needs water to flourish, grow and become healthy. So why as humans do we struggle with bringing potentially the easiest health hack into our lives everyday?

The answer is simple, water is a bit boring and lacks taste. Coco-Cola, coffee, wine, tea, juices will always win the day against a cool glass of water straight from the tap

Benefits Of Drinking Water In The Morning

Your body has been starved off liquid throughout the night, as you slept with your mouth wide open.

Your mouth will feel dry when you awake, but actually your whole body is crying out for a glass of refreshing water.

So lets kick start your day with reaching out to the pint of water that you took to bed the night before and glugging it down before you switch on the kettle.

Leaving a glass of water by the side of your bed overnight is a brilliant way of  getting a glass of watery oxygen into your body straight away.

Your water will be full of little bubbles that it has collected during the night - oxygen!

So dont miss out on this quick win to your health as its the easiest thing to do, and will get you focused on benefits of drinking water straight away.

 

What Does Drinking Water Do To Your Body?

I guess its more to say what doesn't drinking water do to you body?

From alleviating constipation by making your poo softer, to making your skin youthful and glowing the wins come quick and fast.

If you want better digestion, movement, and look and feel sexier then the following list will surely get you to see the benefits of drinking water. The benefits of drinking water for skin can not be underestimated.

Honestly, if you dont see that your skin becomes clearer and blemish free by comprehensively increasing your water intake i will eat my hat.

And believe me a hat is not my favourite food substance for sure.

carrying nutrients and oxygen to your cells

flushing bacteria from your bladder

cushioning joints

Helping digestion

preventing constipation

normalizing blood pressure

stabilizing the heartbeat

maintaining electrolyte (sodium) balance.

protecting organs and tissues 

regulating body temperature

 

So What Does Drinking Water Do That Is Bad

Nothing....i cant think of anything that is bad for your body .

Yes for a short time you will be popping to the loo a bit more, but this then will pass and you will be back to normal.

Except you will feel better, not eat as much, have more focus and energy and look sexier too. Brilliant!

Direct download: The_Benefits_of_Drinking_Water.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Introducing Josh Kemp

Josh Kemp is our guest today joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots podcast.

He  is a man who quite simply has powered his way through many obstacles that would stop most in their tracks.

As he says "I love creating online courses that teach a specific side hustle and how to make money with it in the shortest amount of time possible!

I am the author of No Degree, No Problem.

Originally I was a Blacksmith / Farrier for 8 years but then had to switch careers after getting kicked by a horse.

I self taught myself how to code and landed a Junior Software Development position 9 months later making $ 70K.

I currently live in Raleigh, North Carolina with my wife, three kids, two goats and a gecko.

Now most interestingly for a show called Join Up Dots, which follows loosely the words or the late Steve Jobs, our guest did a similar thing when it came to getting a college qualification.

 

How The Dots Joined Up For Josh

He goes on to say "I remember when I was 16 my Mom had me take Business Law classes at the local community college.

My Mom was big on making sure ALL her kids went to college and got a degree.

After barely failing the first class, I decided college wasn't for me, it wasn't until I was 18 that I broke my parents’ hearts and told them I wouldn't be going to college.

Over the years I have had to switch careers and have had over a dozen different side hustles in my life.

My Mom no longer worries about me becoming destitute, l have used the power of side hustles all my life ( except for a 1 year period ) to provide better for myself and family, as well as learn more about what things are a good fit for me."

So does he feel he is still working towards the big thing that will define his life, or is that not important anymore?

And why do people struggle so much to make a living online, when all the clues are already there to follow the success of others?

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

 

Show Highlights

During the show we discussed such deep subjects with Josh Kemp such as:

How culturally we have lost the ability to get down and dirty and work for a living, even if its an online venture. A dream life doesn't come easily.

Josh shares why you should always go where the money is.  Look for who has it and then decide what you can do for them.

Always look for the problem that can be solved for as many people as possible you can then scale scale scale.

And lastly...........

Josh tells us a great story of a snow blower, inspiration and hustle that almost ended his marriage but became amazing motivation.

Direct download: Josh_Kemp.mp3
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Getting bogged down in your business is a common problem that most people have.

Especially at the beginning when you arent making any money and you are doing it all yourself.

In todays episode of Join Up Dots we look at five ways that you can seperate yourself from THE business and instead start looking at what more ON the business time and time again.

Ready to start building success?

Direct download: How_To_Stop_Getting_Bogged_Down_By_Your_Business.mp3
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Tristan Bond is todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots business podcast.

He is an entrepreneur, business owner, consultant and marketing specialist, who began his career as a physiotherapist. From the outside looking in, he had a really profitable physiotherapy business.

As he says "On paper things looked great and i was making more money than ever. I was getting really strong growth in my business....but I was doing it all the wrong way. That's when my life came crashing down around me. I had lost myself in the process of building my business.

I was miserable, i was burnout. I worked insane hours and i couldn't sleep. I was fuelled by caffeine and my business was always on my mind.

How The Dots Joined Up For Tristan

When he realised he had an issue, he started to see that business owners everywhere were struggling to keep up with their workload, chaos and poor cash flow too.

And through that process of redefining his business and building The Practice Acceleration Method, various business owners started asking for his advice on how to be successful.

What he found was many companies were missing the following: 1) Lead generation – bringing in new customers 2) Conversion and retention – convert a lead to a sale 3) Management and leadership And that is the perfect place to start todays episode of Join Up Dots. So its easy enough to realise that you have an issue and totally different to do something about it. So what was the first step that he took to tackle those three headline grabbing business issues? And how did he feel when his overworked dad feel ill whilst he was talking to him, knowing that he was on the same track? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Tristan Bond. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weight subjects with Tristan Bond such as:......... We talk openly about the emotional rollercoaster that starting a business Why thinking that the process of building our own business often has unreasonable expectations right from the very first start. Why the marketing message should be polarising to keep someone thinking about you, even if they dont always agree with you. and lastly....... Tristan shares his belief that working from home needs a fixed structure in place right from the start to prevent the feeling of isolatio

Direct download: Tristan_Bond.mp3
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Design Hill Founder Rahul Aggarwal is todays guest joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots business podcast.

He was recognised and awarded as the Rising Entrepreneur of the year 2019 and Entrepreneur 35 under 35 in 2020 Since 2013. he founded Designhill.com, which is an online custom design marketplace that allows businesses to source high quality graphic designs at affordable prices.

Currently the website has 23500 registered designers from around the globe. What it means in a nutshell is instead of going to freelance sites, or low quality outputs like Fiverr you can go where the designers are.

Need a new logo for your business?

How about full rebranding and design of your business?

Direct download: Design_Hill_Rahul_Aggarwall.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Todays episode of Join Up Dots is a coaching session brought to you by the lovely listeners of Join Up Dots.

Every week we receive many many emails into the show from people who are struggling with turning their lives around and making a difference to their families and their futures.

In todays show we have grouped a few together based around the theme of overwhelm, stress and lack of motivation.

Lets start with the first question of the day.

Question One

Hi David, thanks for everything you do and speaking to me a few months ago. Well i took your advice and undertook the Freedom Starter course and have started working on a small business in my town, providing small jobs to wives around my town. I am making half my current jobs income from this side hustle, but i am struggling to fit everything into my life, what with family commitments being added into the mix too. I know you spin many different plates so do you have any advice as to how to keep them all spinning?

Your friend and padawan

Buck Mitchell

Question Two

Hi David, long time listener of the show and have a quick question.  I have been following your advice and now I am about to launch my first business. 

I wont say what it is at the moment, but i am pleased and excited with how its going.  My issue is, what should i do next. There seems to be so much that is needed as i can see where its headed. Any suggestions?

Question Three

Hi Join Up Dots, i would love to start my own business, but i already know that i am stressed with everything going on in my life. I also know that not everybody that takes control of their own life is in the perfect place so why am i different? I would love to hear any advice that you can give on the show, keep up the great work.

Janinne, Arkansas

Question Four

Hi David, i lack motivation and find it very hard to get things going in my life and at work. How do you get pumped up ready to go when you dont feel like it? Would love to know. Maz Vinoya, Bucaramanga, Peru

Direct download: motivation-stress.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 9:23am UTC

Jyotsna Ramachandran is today’s guest joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots business podcast.

She is a lady who contacted me several years ago and appeared on the show after saying “I think that I should be on your show, because I am flexing the old hustle muscle everyday and doing it on my own terms too”

Well, she didn’t quite say that, but it doesn’t take much more for me to think, this is the kind of guest I want to talk to, so she came on the show.

This is a lady that like most of us got to a point in her life, when she looked at her job, and her personal situation and thought “I never want to be an employee again” Which can be one of the greatest realisations for self development, and the worst.

You have the focus to take your life to where you want to be, but more often than not, you don’t have any idea how to do it. And that is the case with todays guest who then tried out various businesses to find her thing. She started a staff recruitment agency, became a franchisee of a chocolate brand, did freelance web designing, and none really hit the spot.

How The Dots Joined Up For Jyotsna

And interestingly from that point she is has transitioned again and is a now a bestselling author, book publisher, TEDx speaker, and is an international Author Success Coach who helps coaches, trainers, speakers, and experts to build a super-profitable author funnel with the help of their book. She has since the first appearance on the show founded Happy Self Publishing to help overwhelmed, yet purpose-driven authors experience a transformative journey of self-discovery through the process of publishing their book and amplifying their message. So far, Jyotsna has helped over 400 authors from 35 different countries through her global publishing agency, Happy Self Publishing. So is this now the thing that she has been looking for since first starting her entrepreneurial journey? And secondly why is a book such a powerful statement for building authority of  your personal brand? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Jyotsna Ramachandran

Direct download: Happy_Self_Publishing.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Taoism is the focus of todays episode of  the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots business coaching podcast.

Now if you haven't heard of Taoism before then this show will be an eye opener for you for sure.

This is a principle that has been taking the world to storm, since first being created in China back around 2000 BC In fact other than the Bible, the Dao De Ching (the basis of the Taoist principles) is the most widely translated book the world has ever seen.

83 short poems that once deciphered can bring about huge changes in your life and your business. These were all brought to us by the founder of Taoism, a gentleman called Lao Tzu who although nobody is really sure if he existed or not has taken credited for this words.

So lets start breaking things down to tie them into a business masterclass that all of us can learn from.

Direct download: Taoism.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 1:58pm UTC

Isha Uppalapati is todays guest on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots business podcast.

She is an inspirational go getting young lady who not only has the passion to become a top entrepreneur, but also has the desire to drag others along for the ride too.

She is the founder of A Girls Frontier, an organisation founded in 2018, whilst a senior at Walton High School in Atlanta, GA. She started A Girl’s Frontier to provide opportunities for young girls all over Metro Atlanta and the whole world

As she says proudly "No matter where they may be, our organization makes sure that we can provide them with the necessary support for them to achieve their goals in life. Our programs focus on education, mentorship, and outreach.

The goal of our non-profit organization in Atlanta, Georgia, is to empower young girls by helping them financially through their education, as well as teaching them important entrepreneurial skills.

We want girls to know that they can be leaders in the business world, regardless of the challenges in their way."

 

How The Dots Joined Up For Isha

Now this isn't something that just occurred over night as her entrepreneurial story started almost at the start of her life due to the loving support of her dad.

She says "Ever since I was young, my dad and I would brainstorm different tools that we could produce. We tried to create little trinkets that would make life easier. We also wrote small children’s books.

Over time, my desire to create new things has not faded. I want to create something that can create a change.

This is why I want to create opportunities for girls who have similar dreams that I do, but don’t have the support to do it on their own."

So does this dream make it doubly difficult to achieve the success that she quite obviously is going to get? Or in fact does it become easier by surrounding herself with so many similar ladies driven and focused on a bright future? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to join up dots with the one and only Isha Uppalapati

Show Highlights

During todays show we discussed such weighty subjects with Isha Uppalapati Isha shares how her father has started several companies in his life, which was so inspirational to her by his desire to never give up.

We talk openly about the slow progress that all businesses go through right at the very beginning and how to build momentum. and lastly.......

Isha shares her view that the girls of the world are often the diamonds that are ready to be polished.

Direct download: Isha_A_girls_Frontier.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

The Steps To Success Episode 7

Throughout the last 2000 episodes of Join Up Dots, it has become clear to me that certain traits are demonstrated time and time again. It doesn’t matter if it is from an Online Marketer, an astronaut, athlete, or entrepreneur you can find that within the person being interviewed, they all display the same attributes that build success.

Over the next few months we are going to bring you The Join Up Dots: Definitive Guide To Success series, highlighting those developed strengths which your can duplicate in your own life. Take the learnings and struggles of the super achievers and work on each and everyone as you bring them into your own life.

Use their skills to shine the light on your own success, and take you to wherever you dream to be.

In todays episode we are going to discuss the most important of them all. You have to realise that if you dont start to take the actions needed to create your own life nobody else will. Its down to you.

Ready?

Direct download: The_Steps_To_Success_Episode_7_Remastered.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 8:22am UTC

Shaa Wasmund is todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast.

She is a lady who has built her life around taking action and making things happen.

As she says "I’m an entrepreneur, public speaker and the author of #1 bestselling books ‘Stop Talking, Start Doing’ and ‘Do Less, Get More’. In 2015 I was awarded an MBE for ‘Services to Business and Entrepreneurship’ and was recently named one of the UK’s Top 20 Influential Entrepreneurs by The Sunday Times.

Born in California to an English mother and Italian father, Ms Wasmund and her mother settled permanently in the UK when she was 10.

After winning a scholarship to the prestigious City of London School for Girls, she studied international relations at the London School of Economics. How The Dots Joined Up For Shaa It was while at the LSE that Ms Wasmund, then 21, won a competition to interview Chris Eubank, then a middleweight world champion boxer. Eubank was so impressed with her confidence or "front" that he offered her the job of becoming his assistant.

Ms Wasmund said yes, and so she started her business career in the competitive world of boxing. She  became the only female boxing promoter in the UK, representing World Champion Chris Eubank and working with the infamous Don King before starting my own PR company helping grow the Dyson brand from around Sir James Dyson’s kitchen table.

From that point more and more hustle and success came her way, which isn't a surprise as he also says "I believe that we all have the ability to live the lives we dream of. We just don’t always know how.

The greatest courage is to follow your own path even through the roughest terrain, rather than the path of least resistance. Nothing great is ever created in your comfort zone. I believe it’s OK to not know the answers, to feel stuck and frustrated; it happens to all of us.

What’s not OK is to stay stuck." So when the big punches in the mouth occurred in her business, how did she dust herself down and get back up? And why is her number one piece of business advice "Hire A Cleaner" Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the only and only Shaa Wasmund MBE. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty subjects with Shaa Wasmund MBE such as We talk about the difficulties that youngsters now deal with from coming from entitlement.  Shaa shares the lucky breaks that she has had in her life, especially in regards to working with the Genius James Dyson. Why a business becomes more and more successful the more you focus on the value you offer others. Its all about giving. and lastly........ Shaa tells us all why we have to visualise what we want in life and why it so important to get those images in my mind to make them happen.

Direct download: Shaa_Wasmund.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 4:00pm UTC

Squircle author Francis Cholle, is todays guest on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots business podcast.

He is the best-selling author of The Intuitive Compass and challenger of the status quo, he has also launched his new best seller SQUIRCLE to emphasise this thinking. SQUIRCLE offers a revolutionary way of thinking that’s especially relevant to anyone looking for ways to thrive in a climate of crisis.

Cholle delivers a very simple approach to problem-solving, decision-making, and relationships that defies how culture has taught us to think. And SQUIRCLE is now a Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Amazon best seller. How The Dots Joined Up For SQUIRCLE As he says "Our culture has taught us that linear, rational thinking is the norm...and look where this got us. We’re in a pandemic with global warming, a recession, and threatening divisions in global politics and economies. We need a better way to think. SQUIRCLE recognizes the importance of our rational minds (SQUARE) while honouring the natural insights from our intuition (CIRCLE) — unlocking our capacity to find creative solutions and adapt to change.

He has has taught and tested the SQUIRCLE model with his international consultant clients for over 15 years. This thinking has brought innovation and improved decision-making globally to over 250,000 people including graduate students from USC, Wharton and HEC, Paris, and corporate leaders at L’Oreal, J. P. Morgan Chase and Johnson & Johnson. So how can we all start today looking at our own squircles to make progress when times are tough? And how did this concept come to him. laying in the bath "eureka time" or simply through trial and error over many years. Well let's find out as we bring her onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Francis Cholle

Show Highlights

During the show we discussed such deep subjects with Francis Cholle such as:

Why Francis decided to make his home base Los Angeles and the reasons why he never wanted to live on the beach and the ocean. Francis talks openly about his youth and how he always chose things that he enjoyed and would fill him up with passion. We share the principles of Chinese philosophies of tai chi and Taoism and how to bring it into your life and business. and lastly...... Why the words of Steve Jobs spoken at Stamford University plays perfectly into the methodology of squircle.

Direct download: Squircle_Francis_Cholle.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Todays episode of Join Up Dots will be a solo show answering several business questions that listeners of the show have been sending to us over the last few weeks.

Most of them, that we receive into the Join Up Dots office are in connection with those first fledging moments of building an online business.

It could be that they are unsure of the direction, concept or simply whether they should start.

 

So with no more further ado The Questions

Hi David, this might be a stupid question but what is the true difference in your view of having and offline and online business. I know one will be cheaper but is there anything else?    Marcel Hadden. Israel

David i have been hearing more and more that blogs are dead. If that is the case how can i start my own online business. I'm not comfortable with showing myself on video or on a podcast. Kind regards and keep rocking Marjorie Triffin, Yorkshire

Hi David and the Join Up Dots team, what makes you keep on doing what you do? Its a simple question but one that I ponder, as so many other podcasters stop it seems. Barnaby Jacks 

Yo David my man, loving the content fella (as you UK dudes say). I'm going to launch my first billion dollar business and want the world to know. You say it on air, and ill make it happen....no retreating its failure beating time. JJ M. Crompton, Los Angeles.

Direct download: Starting_A_Billion_Dollar_Company.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Introducing JT Mccormick

Today's guest is JT Mccormick, who serves as the President and CEO of Scribe Media, a publishing company that helps you write, publish and market your book. The company has worked with more than 1,500 authors and Entrepreneur Magazine recently ranked Scribe as having the #1 Top Company Culture in America. Previously, JT served as the President of Headspring Software, which he helped grow to a multi-million dollar, 100-plus person company that was repeatedly ranked as one of the best places to work in all of Texas.  JT is also the author of I Got There: How a Mixed-Race Kid Overcame Racism, Poverty, and Abuse to Achieve the American Dream.

His book tells the story of how he worked his way out of poverty, starting with his career cleaning toilets and eventually becoming the President of multiple companies. In addition to his role at Scribe Media, JT has mentored at-risk youth in the juvenile justice system, as well as youth in low economic communities. JT’s work has been featured on CNBC, Entrepreneur, Forbes, Inc, and many others. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Megan, and their four children Ava, Jaxon, Elle and Jace. So was it purely down to mindset and commitment that got him to where he is today? And where can we start today, if we have just one chance to move to the next level and change our mindset forever? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only JT Mccormick

Show Highlights

During the show we discussed such deep subjects with JT Mccormick such as: Why you have to define happiness and success for yourself, and when you dont have much you can then define your own success. JT shares how he doesn't believe in work life balance but he does believe in five key pillars that he bases his life around. JT openly discusses how he has created a company culture that is life changing and that is by recognising the true workers before anyone else. And lastly........... We talk about how his father, although in an unusal job became the best at what he did, and was proud to see his son go the same way.

Direct download: JT_Mccormick.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:30pm UTC

Lisa Cummings is the Clifton Strengths Finder Strength Coach, who 100% believes that it's a lot better to become great at what you are good at and leave behind the poor stuff.

She has built an amazing coaching business all around the work done by Gallup as we discovered the last time she appeared on the show back on episode 510 .

As she says "I sometimes call myself the Chief Strengths Sleuth because I spend my days uncovering hidden talents on your teams. Remember that song "It's Your Thing" by the Isley Brothers?

I use those lyrics like a spotlight glass to amplify people's differentiators. It's how I help you and your team figure out "your thang" so you can be more productive at work. Starting her career as a Sales Executive for Business To Business back in 1998, it appears that the path best trodden for her actually started when moving into staff development.

Like myself she has spent most of her working life, building the strengths of individuals in corporations to make better, higher functioning teams. Getting people to feel inspired by the working day instead of dreading that ringing sound by the side of the bed. How The Dots Joined Up For Lisa But what interests me is what personally was driving her back in the day.

As with a career strewn with employment lasting a couple of years at each time, it is clear to me that her ambition, was equally matched with a desire to find her thing too. And now as a podcaster herself, or as she calls herself the Chief Strengths Sleuth: Host of the “Lead Through Strengths”​ Podcast: she helps people find and leverage their strengths at work. Complimenting her workshops, keynote speaking and by performing a role of StrengthsFinder Performance Coach, which as you know is a publication that I have recommended many times on the show she is busier than ever..

So what is it about keynote strengths that lit her up inside and made her want to build a business around it? And with all the issues that the world has seen in the last year, has she found more personal strengths that she didn't have. So lets bring her onto the show to start joining up even more dots with the one and only Lisa Cummings

Show Highlights

During the show we discussed such deep subjects with Lisa Cummings such as: How Lisa and I both share how we both went through the dark times of entrepreneurship and the steps we took to climb back into the light.

Why you should only do the things that fill you up with energy and not depletes you.

and lastly......

Why your strengths can be so powerful in every area, but can also be used for evil and work against you if you are not careful.

Direct download: Lisa_Clifton_Strengths_Finder.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Happiness Expert Becky Morrison is todays guest joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots business podcast.

She is a UC Berkeley Certified Executive Coach with a passion for helping people live happy, priority-aligned lives.

After a successful career in financial services, as a litigator and then in law firm administration, managing several hundred attorneys and staff at one of the country’s premier litigation firms, she was looking for a new challenge and transitioned to a small investment firm where she was COO.

This transition helped her recognize that her true passion was people, she started her own coaching practice. Now through this process as she says "Many entrepreneurs and business leaders struggle to find happiness whilst balancing work and life.

My advice is simple, “Do more of what matters and let go of the rest”, but of course it isn’t that easy to implement. I love to share my formula that has helped many high potential leaders overcome their happiness gaps.

The formula consists of understanding what truly matters, believing that you deserve to be happy, introducing new and healthy habits and being diligent when saying no to those distractions, pulling you away from true happiness.  So is it possible to find true happiness and of course maintain it, or is contentment a better aim to have?

And when she started her own business was it instant happiness or like most of us, it took a while to find the smile?

So lets bring him onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Becky Morrison Show Highlights During the show we discussed such deep subjects with Becky Morrison such as: Why happiness is not being up all the time, but it is being aware of the emotions that you are feeling at that time.

Why everybody should focus more on their to dont list, instead of going for the to do list every single time. 

How to reframe things to find the positives in your life even if its something like paying bills and taxes. and lastly......

Why knowing and understanding the seasons of life and business and being aware of the changes will happen.

Direct download: Finding_The_Happiness_Gap.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Making Things Harder Than They Need To Be seems to be a problem in todays day and age.

It should be be the case for sure, as we have more and more devices and instruments to make things much simpler.

But is this true?

By being given things that should be the answer to all our problems, are we actually losing ourselves in the weeds?

Well in todays episode of Join Up Dots, we are going to ask the question Are We Making Things Harder Than They Need To Be" in our businesses and life.

And best of all what we can do about it.

Direct download: Simplicity.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 11:11am UTC

The Steps To Success Episode 6

Throughout the last 2000 episodes of Join Up Dots, it has become clear to me that certain traits are demonstrated time and time again.

It doesn’t matter if it is from an Online Marketer, an astronaut, athlete, or entrepreneur you can find that within the person being interviewed, they all display the same attributes that build success. Over the next few months we are going to bring you The Join Up Dots: Definitive Guide To Success series, highlighting those developed strengths which your can duplicate in your own life.

Take the learnings and struggles of the super achievers and work on each and everyone as you bring them into your own life. Use their skills to shine the light on your own success, and take you to wherever you dream to be. In todays episode we are going to discuss the most important of them all.

You have to realise that if you dont start to take the actions needed to create your own life nobody else will. Its down to you.

Ready?

Direct download: 6_Reframing_The_Goals_To_Get_Success.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Sales Coaching Expert Diane Helbig is todays guest joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots business podcast.

Last joining us in the first year of Join Up Dots on episode 304, 1700 shows ago. She could have been taken straight from that classic movie “Dead Poets Society” as her mantra in life and her company name is “Seize This Day” “Carpe Diem” is the way forward if you want to have a kick ass life, both personally and professionally.

And our guest has demonstrated that everyday as after a successful 20 years in sales and business development she took the experience that she has gained and took the leap of faith. In early 2006, she launched her coaching practice where she helps individuals and small business to see the opportunities all around them, and bound over the obstacles that they may see as game stoppers. In her book, Lemonade Stand Selling, she offers a straightforward, common sense and clear guide to the sales process.

She reminds her readers that selling is as easy as when you had that lemonade stand as a child. So if selling is so easy who do people struggle so badly, especially when building an online business. And is there one thing that people can do straight away to simplify the process and start seeing rewards? So lets bring him onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Diane Helbig

Show Highlights

During the show we discussed such deep subjects with Diane Helbig such as:

We link the dating process to the sales process and learn how to get past the big no's

How Donald Trump managed to get himself to the top by knowing his followers and market first and foremost.

Diane shares why she feels that most business owners have to go through different versions of themselves to find success.

and lastly......

Why Matthew McConaughey is the perfect example to study for real sales coaching success.

Direct download: Succeed_Without_Selling.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Mindset Expert Christopher Dedeyan joins us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots business coaching podcast today.

He is a public speaker, entrepreneur and energy boosting productivity guy which wasn't the case just a few years ago. Diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of eight, he was faced with many failures along the way.

Because of his relentless attitude of never giving up, the failures taught him how to succeed. He attributes a huge part of his success as an entrepreneur to the lessons he learned growing up in the schooling system as a dyslexic. Stepping away from school he then developed his entrepreneurial skills and communication skills during the five years he built and ran his real estate brokerage company.

During that time, Christopher noticed that he could help his colleagues with self-development by incorporating new rituals and habits in their lives that help them not only in their business but in their personal lives as well.

How The Dots Joined Up For Christopher

As he says "If you’re living the feast or famine lifestyle and you’re always stressed about money, you need to get off that rollercoaster fast. The lack of structure in your business and unorganized agenda is not only the culprit, but also a symptom of an even greater problem that you must first address, before the rest of these puzzle pieces can fall into place. But what can you do about this? The answer lies in mindfulness about everything you do.

The way you do anything is the way you do EVERYTHING. So, starting with the details of how you wake up, how you fuel yourself, and the intentional actions you bring to your daily routine, you can begin to perform at peak levels. While most driven entrepreneurs want to skip all the work involved with the details, if you look closely you’ll see that the most successful sales professionals are diligent about consistently following systems that drive results.

So as the old song says "its not what you do, its the way that you do it and that's what gets results" SO what is the main mistake that people have when building their businesses, focusing in on everything except the money making activities?

And what would he do differently if he could back and change one or two of the dots that have lead him to where he is today. So lets bring him onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mindset Expert Mr Christopher Dedeyan

Direct download: Christoper_Dedeyan_Mastered.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 8:35am UTC

Throughout the last 2000 episodes of Join Up Dots, it has become clear to me that certain traits are demonstrated time and time again.

It doesn’t matter if it is from an Online Marketer, an astronaut, athlete, or entrepreneur you can find that within the person being interviewed, they all display the same attributes that build success.

Over the next few months we are going to bring you The Join Up Dots: Definitive Guide To Success series, highlighting those developed strengths which your can duplicate in your own life.

Take the learnings and struggles of the super achievers and work on each and everyone as you bring them into your own life.

Use their skills to shine the light on your own success, and take you to wherever you dream to be. In todays episode we are going to discuss the most important of them all.

You have to realise that if you dont start to take the actions needed to create your own life nobody else will.

Its down to you. Ready?

 

Direct download: The_Steps_To_Success_Episode_5_Mastered.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Finding meaning in life is the undercurrent for todays episode of Join Up Dots business podcast.

We will be answering some questions from listeners across the world who have dropped us a line asking for help in their businesses and life.

One thing for sure is nobody can get success in their lives if they do not focus in on personal and business balance.

Now we aren't talking about the classic work life balance myth, whereby everything sits in a neat little area and doesn't over power anything else.

No, believe me when I say that work life balance is a complete myth as at its core it doesn't make sense.

We have one life and have to lead it in a way that by the end of the day everything that we wanted to achieve gets done.

Business is just part of our life, so how can we separate it and make it seem like its something separate - it's own entity.

We cant and its madness.

But what we can do is say that we are going to look after ourselves, physically, spiritually and mentally before we ever start tackling the income production side of things.

But before that lets start looking at some of the questions that we have received this week from listeners and do our best to give them the depth that they need.

And of course you can listen to the show for all the reasons.

 

Direct download: Finding_Meaning_In_Life.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Perry Marshall is my guest today for the second time, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview.

He is an a man who Entrepreneur Magazine states, “This guy is the #1 author and world’s most-quoted consultant on Google Advertising.

But that was years ago, one thing for sure is Perry loves nothing more than to tackle new projects and author new books. In fact the last time he was on the show he was discussing the works of Charles Darwin and how they also applied to business. His newest book, Detox, Declutter, Dominate: How to Excel by Elimination (co-authored with Robert Skrob) reveals how readers can grow their business 4X faster by eliminating 80% of wasted effort. 

Step 1: Use renaissance time to gain discernment and clarity. Perry shares how to establish mindfulness habits to maximize your creative and productive space

Step 2: Make your business 2x more profitable with 80/20 focus. How to stop “jumping over dollars to get the quarters” and optimize your efficiency!

Step 3: Managing your time is all about subtraction, not doing more! Step 3 teaches you how to Earn $1,000 per hour at least one hour per day with 80/20 time.

Step 4: Create an irresistible product that’s easy to use by simplifying. Learn how to keep it simple for the customer in order to create a product that is valuable and not easily replicable.

Step 5: You’re not doing yourself any favors by trying to be cheaper and better in a saturated market. The Star Principle reveals why 80% of the profit comes from 20% of companies in the stock market. Use the Star Principle to carve out a niche where you’re number one!

Step 6: Build an impenetrable moat around your business. Perry shares sure-fire ways to insulate your business from competition.

Step 7: There are two kinds of entrepreneurs: business builders and artistic entrepreneurs. If you’re an artist but work like a business builder, you will burn out your inner artist. Freedom is a lifestyle choice, and step 7 will show you how to enjoy the freedom to create and reinvent every single day.

So how can someone starting in business today bring such clarity into their business and life, when most people simply makes things up as they go a long.

And out of the Seven steps, which was the one that he actually thought "you know I could actually be a little bit better at this one myself"

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

Direct download: Perry_Marshall.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 7:52am UTC

Why have we all stopped laughing nowadays? You may say we haven't, but i look around the world and I dont see an awful lot of people throwing their heads back and screaming with laughter.

Do you know when a baby comes into the world, very quickly it will start giggling.

They estimate that will be somewhere around 300 times a day. By the time that baby has grown to 13 it will laugh around 50 times a day, and then the shocking fact.

A thirty year old will only laugh around 3 times per day if that. In todays episode we try to discover why that is, and most importantly what we can do about it.

Direct download: Wen_Was_The_Last_Time_You_Really_Laughed.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Brian Gregory is todays guest joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots podcast interview.

He is the Founder and CEO of ADMANITY.com and creator of the breakthrough algorithm behind The ADMANITY Protocol. ADMANITY® is the first company to create an online test and predictive emotional algorithm to determine the best emotional advertising strategy for any business - in any niche.

The 5-minute, simple ADMANITY® Test isolates one of 15 emotional archetypes best suited for the business. The ADMANITY® Protocol is the only algorithm that can identify a company’s emotional archetype and then identify the advertising strategies, tactics, formulas - even copywriting tactics.

It gives agency-level recommendations that the brand can use for years to come. How The Dots Joined Up For Brian As they say "ADMANITY's mission is to support and grow small businesses by helping them better understand how and why advertising works for their particular brand.

The knowledge they will gain from our product will result in the business gaining greater success. Most business owners, managers, and even those responsible for communication outreach do not understand advertising other than on a basic level. They are simply too busy to learn it, go to school, or become experts. Most fail miserably at creating messaging and advertising. Only the largest or more successful companies or those with the financial ability to invest can afford professional agency help. The other 98% simply do without proper guidance or the knowledge to implement their outreach effort, and they struggle.

This equates to a market of approximately 30 million small businesses in the U.S." Brian is a former 20-year owner/publisher of large, citywide magazines in the Phoenix market as well as an expert in direct selling. In addition to creating ADMANITY’s algorithm for The ADMANITY® Protocol and its testing platform, he has written over 2,000 pages of ADMANITY® curriculum and training materials as well as being the author of the book Sheep Don’t Eat Complicated Grass! Brian is considered an expert on the topic of emotional marketing and advertising tactics and is a skilled, entertaining public speaker.

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Brian Gregory. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Brian Gregory such as: Why Brian loves the statements that prove all branding is showing the true strength of storytelling. Why Brian finds the minutia of what we think our brand is to be truly fascinating and more often wrong. and lastly…. Brian shares the principles of sales and explains why everything works faster when you bring emotional aspects into things.

Direct download: Brian_Gregory.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

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 sent in by listeners of Join Up Dots I am hearing a lot of people talking about sales funnels. Do you think that this is ethical or not David, and also what do you prefer for creating Sales Funnels? - Isabel Grazzi New York Hi David, i a have a huge problem that i struggle with all the time. I am a constant worrier and its making me ill. You dont seem to have a worry or care in the world. Any tips that you can share with me as I would like to be more like you - Jamelia Branch, Liverpool I am thinking of doing a podcast do you think I should do an interview show or solo, as i have deliberated over this for a year now. I see that you do mostly interviews but have started this coaching shows (which are super useful thank you) - Lin Pai, Phillipines My colleague started a business that failed after six months. He now wants to do another one with me helping him this time. Do you think that this is wise after his initial failure? - Ray Coulter.....Australia I have heard you talk about providing value first and foremost, but how do I do this? I dont have anything to offer anyone who might be able to help me - Claire Edmonds What music do you like most David? - Leah Bowls, Jackson Country Florida If you want to get your question answered on the show then simply drop us a line to: Email: joinupdots@gmail.com Facebook 

Direct download: I_Cant_Stop_Worrying.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 10:53am UTC

Throughout the last 2000 episodes of Join Up Dots, it has become clear to me that certain traits are demonstrated time and time again. It doesn’t matter if it is from an Online Marketer, an astronaut, athlete, or entrepreneur you can find that within the person being interviewed, they all display the same attributes that build success. Over the next few months we are going to bring you The Join Up Dots: Definitive Guide To Success series, highlighting those developed strengths which your can duplicate in your own life. Take the learnings and struggles of the super achievers and work on each and everyone as you bring them into your own life. Use their skills to shine the light on your own success, and take you to wherever you dream to be. In todays episode we are going to discuss the most important of them all. You have to realise that if you dont start to take the actions needed to create your own life nobody else will. Its down to you. Ready? Excuses Situations Perfect Conditions.

Direct download: The_Steps_To_Success_Episde_4.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Fabienne Raphael is our guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview. And that isn't the first time that I have muttered these words over the last eight years as last appeared back in 2017. What can we tell you about her, well this a lady who has been creating her success from the ground up in amazing effect. Starting her journey around the same time that Join Up Dots launched, she has been out there every day, hustling, upskilling and sharing her talents with the world She was the last time we spoke to hers the President & CEO of Marketing to Crush Your Competitors, also an Online Business Strategist, Professional Speaker, Author and Podcaster. She works with entrepreneurs, coaches and start-up's to build their online platform so they can be seen as an authority, connect with influencers and cash in on their knowledge. She has published 3 books (one a best seller!), been featured on Forbes and The Huffington Post. How The Dots Joined Up For Fabienne As a former elite athlete, including playing in the PanAm games, and a former physiotherapist helping her clients get to their optimum health, she is a genius at mapping out a strategic path to victory. But to be honest, you can throw all the big words in the world in her direction and it will never show the simple fact, that she cares. She cares about her business. She cares massively about her clients. She cares about making the most of each day. And that is part of what we will talk about today....loving something so much that your bring into the world something that you couldn't imagine at the beginning So is her business where it is because of the struggles she has overcome or the successes that came easily? And what is the biggest issue that her clients bring to her, stopping them from achieving the same success? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Fabienne Raphael

Direct download: Fabienne_Raphael_Mastered.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 11:29am UTC

The backwards Law is a very interesting concept brought to the world by the late philosopher Allan Watts. Now you may not have heard of the backwards law, but in its simplest form its a focus on what we haven't got in our lives which brings more of the same into our lives. You see we all have positions where we would like to move to something better and so focus in what we need to do to get that thing. You can call this goal setting, ambition, dream chasing.....whatever you wish to call it. Which is all totally acceptable as this is what humans do in life and should be encouraged by all means. However, when we carry a sense of unhappiness with ourselves whilst working towards the goal we get rooted to the spot and lose track of what we need to be doing. Allan Watts, the late modern philosopher described this feeling of staying where we are when he made his famous backwards law speech. Allan Watts The Backwards Law The modern philosopher Alan Watts referred to this as “the backwards law” which is “the idea that the more you pursue feeling better all the time, the less satisfied you become, as pursuing something only reinforces the fact that you lack it in the first place. As he says "The more you desperately want to be rich, the more poor and unworthy you feel, regardless of how much money you actually make. The more desperately you want to be sexy and desired, the uglier you come to see yourself, regardless of your actual physical appearance. The more you desperately want to be happy and loved, the lonelier and more afraid you become, regardless of those who surround you.”  Its a fine line to walk at the best of times. What he is saying is "be grateful for what you already have, but also feel free to want more" which of course goes against many of the rules set in todays self-development age. Be better, be slimmer, be more focused, be more, be more, be more. Im not personally sure that its a path that i can walk all the time, as the backwards law i'm sure will hold me back from my goals. Do You Feel You Are In A World Of Lacking? If you do feel that more often than not the world is dealing you a bad set of cards then perhaps a change of outlook is required. Perhaps you are operating 100% within the rules of the backwards law and focusing in on the wrong things. Its funny when you think that life is giving you everything you need but you are missing it as you are looking the wrong way. And the right way isnt where you think you should be looking at all. The right way is always within yourself and accepting the gifts that you already have in your life. Thats the backwards law for you in its backwards glory.....you already have what you need and truly require. So now its time to accept and build from that point.

Direct download: Allan_Watts_And_The_Backwards_Law.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:10pm UTC

Rana Vig is todays guest joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots podcast interview.

Rana is a seasoned entrepreneurial professional with five successful start-ups in different verticals and a diverse 35-year business career under his belt.

Having transitioned to the capital markets in 2010, Rana took two companies public, and these were the biggest Canadian venture deals of 2018. Curaleaf raised $520 million and was a near billion reverse takeover (RTO).

While Harvest Health and Recreation was yet another impressive billion RTO. But our guest wasnt just going to sit back and rest on his laurels. How The Dots Joined Up For Rana Instead he started digging into the trends and started searching for a new market, which for many was seemed as old hat.

Gold and mining came to the fore and Rana also took Blue Lagoon Resources, the gold-focused company of which he is the current CEO and which had one of the top-performing stocks for 2019, public in the following year.

Outside of business, Rana is a well-known philanthropist and in November 2017, the Canadian Senate invited him to receive the Senate 150th Anniversary Medal for those who make their communities a better place to live through generosity and dedication.

So why do so many businesses fail in the first five years of creation in his view? And looking back over his years is it obvious why he has built success, or is it simply being in the right place at the right time? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Rana Vig. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Rana Vig such as: Why the biggest mistake all businesses make is being focused on creating income instead of looking for the biggest problem that they can solve.

We reveal the truth behind the statement "Amateurs invent, whilst professionals steal" which can save you years of effort and expense. Rana shares his belief that most people spend more time trying to improve their weaknesses than simply focusing in on their strengths. and lastly…. How the most powerful computer the world has ever seen was built by something more powerful and underused.

Direct download: Rana_Vig_Mastered.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Sometimes Pain Occurs In Life

There is no doubt in life that sometimes things wont go your way no matter how hard you have worked.

You might have decided you wanted something, or i guess been promised something and at the last minute it gets taken away from you. Guess what? That's life, and within the circle of life there are only two certainty's for sure.: Death and Taxes Away from those no one can control how life is going to be and what will happen to us.

What an adventure eh?

Just imagine climbing out of bed and knowing like Indiana Jones setting out on a mission, you are up against it from the very start. Punches will be thrown in your direction without notice, and its your job to take a few on the chin and then fight back to keep on going. Traps will be set, that like exploding death traps will force you to leap out of their way with a smile as you once again keep moving forward. You are the hero of your own life, and everyday gives you the opportunity to write your own story of excitement and daring do. Why Do We Think We Can Control Things? This is a very good question and one that humans have struggled with since the beginning of time. How can we make our environments as controlled as possible, so we dont feel any discomfort? Yes we can add central heating to a stony and cold house to make the winter nights more bearable. Yes, we can buy air conditioning units to chill the hottest of summer days. But these are all ways that we control environment and not life. Time cant be controlled and will forever be lost and never gained again. Family and loved ones will come and go, leaving us with broken hearts and fond memories of happy times. But in the great scheme of things we cant do anything other than go for the ride Sometimes You Have To Take It Up The Bum In todays podcast episode your hose David Ralph, shares a painful experience that he had and looks for the positives to change it in his heart and head. He wants to take the phrase of Sometimes You Have To Take It Up The Bum, and convert it into "ok, you might have to, but it doesnt have to be too painful. If you have had similar experiences and struggled with things that are occurring in your life then drop us a line at joinupdots@gmail.com We are here to help.

Direct download: Sometimes_You_Have_To_Just_Take_One_Up_The_Bum.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 11:13am UTC

In todays episode of Join Up Dots we reveal two brand new businesses that have launched this week.

Why are we doing this?

Well quite simply nowdays you can almost have too many opportunities which can paralyse you before you ever get anything done and out to the world.

In todays show we share a new business from a guy called Brian, and then another one by a buy called David who you might have heard off?

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Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 5:29pm UTC

Jeffrey Madoff is todays guest on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots business podcast. He is the founder of Madoff Productions, based in New York City and is considered a storyteller and incisive interviewer. Now you may think that is a strange couple of facts to just throw into the introduction, but there is a reason for mentioning them. He has used those talents to help position major brands such as Ralph Lauren, Victoria’s Secret, Radio City Music Hall, and the Harvard School for Public Health. But this is just a fraction of the dots that have joined up to where he is today. Jeff began his career as a fashion designer. He was chosen one of the top 10 designers in the U.S. then switched careers to film and video production. He has since expanded his reach to include teaching, book and playwriting, and theatrical producing. How The Dots Joined Up For Jeffrey  Now the reason we wanted to have him on the show was to share his passion for teaching people how to make a living with their ideas. He believes that most of us have it in us to really change our futures and shine a light on ourselves simply by having more faith in our ideas. As he says “Most of us have had the feeling of ‘I could’ve done that,’ whether at an art gallery, watching a performance, or finding a new product or even a new business idea. What’s the difference between you and them? They actually did it. You didn’t.” With his new book "Creative Careers, you will learn how to do it, too: use your creativity; have a sustainable, profitable career; and do what you love. Creative Careers pulls from interviews with more than forty experts–notable entrepreneurs, artists, and business leaders–as well as from Madoff’s own decades of experience to supercharge your career. Creativity can often feel sporadic and unfocused, coming in bursts and peaks. That’s why Madoff focuses your professional path by asking vital questions that will ultimately help you: Determine your value Be smart about your hustle Ruthlessly edit down your creative projects Overcome fear and doubt Create a successful, long-lasting career on your own terms Well there is a hell of a lot that we can talk about today, so can an idea quite simply be mad, or is everyone worth looking at and digesting? And where does he see the biggest issue with todays entrepreneurs, who seem to have 100% attention deficit when getting the creativity to start flowing? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to join up dots with the one and only Jeffrey Madoff

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Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Today’s guest, joining us today on the Join Up Dots entrepreneur podcast interview is Alfie Best, a man who has made a huge success of finding the potential in areas he has knowledge in and then working really hard to make it all come together. He is a successful entrepreneur driven by tenacity. With humble origins, born and raised in a Romany Gypsy family, this self-made man studied at “University of Life” and started his professional path totally from scratch. However, coming from a poor background and a minority group only gave him even more desire to succeed. As a gypsy, he had to face many obstacles and prejudices but he has never allowed those to ruin his dreams and ambitions or to disrupt his investments into the businesses he operates. Instead, he has taken those negative prejudices and turned them into positives by surrounding himself with a diverse and multicultural team. As he says "My philosophy for good business is 90% perspiration and 10% inspiration; my sole focus is to drive the businesses forward without losing sight of the goal. Park homes were my upbringing so it was a natural progression to purchase a mobile home park; from 1 park to more than 40, Wyldecrest Parks has now become the No.1 Park Home Operator in the UK for the retired and semi-retired wishing to enjoy the quiet life and community spirit.  And when it  comes to seeing the potential in an idea, Alfie Best has a very up and positive outlook for sure.  "In my view" he says "there is no such thing as a bad idea, just the ability to drive it forward with a realistic approach." So if there is no such thing as a bad idea, why do so many people fail when it comes to starting a business? And if he looks back at his life has he learnt more from the knocks he has endured or from the  Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Alfie Best Show Highlights During the entrepreneur podcast show we had deep hitting conversations with Alfie Best around subjects such as: Alfie shares how the competition inspires him everyday to raise his own standards and that of his team. It truly is what lights his fire to find more and more value. We discuss how Jeff Bezos has created Amazon, and why it was nothing spectacular in the beginning but how he of course has hit it out of the park. Alfie Best talks openly regarding why he considers himself to be 99% stupid, and what it has done for his decision making. And lastly We discuss his plans for his business moving forward, and why Alfie Best cant wait to see what is possible in Europe And America.

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Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 8:30pm UTC

John Paragon is todays guest on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots business podcast. He joins us with a fascinating story of struggle, achievement and ultimately clarity as to where his life is heading. As he says "As an aspiring business owner and Entrepreneur, even as a young child, I have always been a believer that EVERYONE should have their own “Side-Hustle” either as a hobby or with the intention of eventually replacing your Primary Income (usually a Day Job) In this day and age, it’s easier than ever to replace your Primary Income within a short period of time by creating a business opportunity closely related to what you already love. We ALL have the ability to change lives and create our own freedom. Sometimes we just need a little direction… How The Dots Joined Up For John Paragon And he certainly needed help to find his direction as barely scraping by, he eventually got his income slightly improved to a comfortable level. But still felt like I hadn’t made as much progress as he should have done by that point. As he says "Things really changed when I started building what is now my new “Primary Income” and I learned how to SERVE others and the money came gradually. I turned less than £10k into a 7 figure company in less than 3 years! And of course as I am a HUGE advocate of multiple streams of income and for everyone to have a “Side-Hustle”, here I am building my next empire from the ground, UP! I have managed to reach a place where I can manage my time and priorities so I only work an average of 15 hours per week. Yes, sometimes that’s slightly more but everything I do I enjoy so it’s easy to find the energy! And I want this for you too… Not only is it very possible, it’s almost a CERTAINTY if you follow what I show you. So how do we all get to this point if for so many people they fail to even get started. And where do people go wrong when they are focusing their efforts onto the new future they deserve. Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to join up dots with the one and only John Paragon Show Highlights During todays show we discussed such weighty subjects with John Paragon How John now loves being able to come to an external business and see things that his clients just cant, due to his expanding experience. Why its so important to find people in your environment that are ahead of your and start learning from their mindsets. John shares his process of how he got his successful business off the group. and lastly....... Why it is so important for people to outsource to preserve your energy as soon as you can

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Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 10:37am UTC

Throughout the last 2000 episodes of Join Up Dots, it has become clear to me that certain traits are demonstrated time and time again.

It doesn’t matter if it is from an Online Marketer, an astronaut, athlete, or entrepreneur you can find that within the person being interviewed, they all display the same attributes that build success.

Over the next few months we are going to bring you The Join Up Dots: Definitive Guide To Success series, highlighting those developed strengths which your can duplicate in your own life.

Take the learnings and struggles of the super achievers and work on each and everyone as you bring them into your own life.

Use their skills to shine the light on your own success, and take you to wherever you dream to be.

In todays episode we are going to discuss the most important of them all.

You have to realise that if you dont start to take the actions needed to create your own life nobody else will.

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Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Throughout the last 2000 episodes of Join Up Dots, it has become clear to me that certain traits are demonstrated time and time again. It doesn’t matter if it is from an Online Marketer, an astronaut, athlete, or entrepreneur you can find that within the person being interviewed, they all display the same attributes that build success. Over the next few months we are going to bring you The Join Up Dots: Definitive Guide To Success series, highlighting those developed strengths which your can duplicate in your own life. Take the learnings and struggles of the super achievers and work on each and everyone as you bring them into your own life. Use their skills to shine the light on your own success, and take you to wherever you dream to be. In todays episode we are going to discuss the most important of them all. You have to realise that if you dont start to take the actions needed to create your own life nobody else will. In todays episode we look at one of the hardest things in life and that is believing in yourself. Creating that amazing mindset that starts things working on your behalf. So are you ready to start truly believing in yourself?

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Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Michael F Schein is our guest today on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots business podcast. He has a story that will resonate with so many of our listeners and also inspire a new way of thinking. He is the author behind "The Hype Handbook: 12 Indispensable Success Secrets From the World’s Greatest Propagandists" As he says "Your success depends on getting people to think of you first. But with so much competition in the marketplace, it has become increasingly difficult to attract anyone’s attention. In a perfect world, ideas would rise and fall on their own merits. But it’s not a perfect world. If you want your message to reach a big audience, you need a presence and a platform that shines. It’s hard to do, but some people (and companies) always seem to be able to make it happen. They’re the ones who are always in demand as speakers, sources for articles, and interview subjects. They’re the ones who can always find new business opportunities without effort.

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Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 7:03pm UTC

Throughout the last 2000 episodes of Join Up Dots, it has become clear to me that certain traits are demonstrated time and time again.

It doesn't matter if it is from an Online Marketer, an astronaut, athlete, or entrepreneur you can find that within the person being interviewed, they all display the same attributes that build success.

Over the next few months we are going to bring you The Join Up Dots: Definitive Guide To Success series, highlighting those developed strengths which your can duplicate in your own life.

Take the learnings and struggles of the super achievers and work on each and everyone as you bring them into your own life.

Use their skills to shine the light on your own success, and take you to wherever you dream to be.

In todays episode we are going to discuss the most important of them all.

You have to realise that if you dont start to take the actions needed to create your own life nobody else will.

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Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Nate Turner is todays guest on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots business podcast. Nate is the co-founder of Ten Speed, a tech-enabled content optimization company focused on helping companies get more results from the content they already have on their site. He is a marketing expert with over 12+ years in the trenches, with his sole purpose helping companies acquire more customers the easiest way possible. Along with his business partner Kevin, he started in SEO in 2008 when he joined Sprout Social as the first marketer in 2011 and brought Kevin on to lead SEO in 2013. For over 5 years, they worked together building the inbound engine and evolving the organic growth and content strategies to accelerate traffic and revenue growth. In 2018, Kevin left Sprout Social to become head of marketing for Review Trackers where he helped double organic traffic and build out the marketing team. In 2019, Nate left Sprout Social to focus on growth marketing consulting for companies like Help Scout, Zylo, and Hologram. How The Dots Joined Up For Nate As Nate and Kevin kept in touch and frequently discussed the latest in marketing, they kept coming back to how well content optimization works, how many companies don't do it well, and their overall passion for content & SEO. After defining a tech-enabled process that they felt would add tremendous value to companies without all of the headaches of trying to hire for these skill sets or evaluate big, bloated agencies, Ten Speed was born. There is a specific feeling of excitement and optimism when you see organic performance go up and to the right and seeing their customers experience this feeling is what fuels the Ten Speed team. So why do most business fail miserably at content marketing when there are so many avenues to get your brand out there? And how can we start the right way if we are entering into the online world today? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to join up dots with the one and only Nate Turner Show Highlights During todays show we discussed such weighty subjects with Nate Turner: How to decide the best route to working on the right opportunities within a business so you aren't spinning too many plates. Why it is such a powerful strategy to go over your old content and renew to please Google as much as possible. Nate shares the issues that it takes to create a new company and why he is focused on not making the mistakes that he has seen elsewhere. and lastly....... Why its such a powerful statement of intent to reengineer your online business inline with the growth.

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Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 7:44pm UTC

Joseph Fung is the CEO of Uvaro, a tech sales career accelerator, and of Kiite, a sales enablement platform purpose-built to provide sales teams with the information they need when they need it. As he says "We started Uvaro because the old approach to tech hiring is broken. The fastest-growing segment of our economy needs 250,000 new sales professionals. Our colleges and universities aren’t training them. Worse yet, when tech companies want to hire diverse talent, established interview practices and company cultures put up barriers. Marginalized people who do accept job offers are often left to flounder by businesses that don’t have effective sales training programs. At Uvaro, we’ve created a better way to grow careers. How The Dots Joined Up For Joseph Instead of preventing access to fulfilling work, we provide accessible training, on-demand support resources, and best-in-class tools that teach participants how to build on their successes. Uvaro is not just a lecture: A graduate of the University of Waterloo’s Computer Engineering program, Joseph’s a repeat Founder & CEO, and with multiple successful exits, and speaks frequently on the topics of sales leadership, diversity, and corporate social responsibility. He is an active early-stage investor who ensures that the majority of his investments are into women-led companies. Joseph also sits on the boards of Communitech, the Golden Triangle Angel Network, and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. So was this idea born out of a personal frustration with the tech industry or a clever insight to what was happening elsewhere? And and even better questions, why Uvaro? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Joseph Fung Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Joseph Fung such as: Joseph shares how they picked the name of his business and why they want away from basic domain picking rules. We discuss how feedback is a gift and the reasons why you should listen to everyone's opinion no matter what they say, or who is saying it. Why creating a job that you love is not always the case no matter how much you try. You have to accept that sometimes the love leaves you for awhile. And lastly….. Joseph shares vocally the awe he feels every time that his students reveal to the world just how special his training centre is to them.

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Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Introducing Matthew Ralph Matthew Ralph is our guest today on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots business podcast. He is a children’s book author from the UK  and not just that but an an award winning and number one best selling children’s book author. He knows how to write a children's picture book and now helps the world to do the same. He actually wrote his first book on a plane, and turned it into a bestseller, with little to no money. As he says "I've always wanted to be a writer, even as a child I loved writing little stories and dreamt of having my own book published- a dream I'm still pursuing now at 25! I recently started writing a Young Adult (YA) fiction novel, which I am currently trying to finish and then (hopefully) get published! My ultimate dream is to be the next J K Rowling! Well with many books available in all good bookstores, and perhaps not very good ones too, he has achieved his aim and looks like the dream is coming true. So with so many unread manuscripts laying on publishers desks across the world, how did he bring his words to life? And was the hardest thing the doubts that parade in all our heads, or simply understanding the publishing progress> Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Matthew Ralph. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such deep subjects with Matthew Ralph such as: How he had managed to get his first book up and running purely as an activity to see how it all works. Why so many families are quite willing to critique "dreams" and be less supportive of the people closest to them. Matt shares how he muddled through and learnt the steps to publishing his own book. And lastly...... We talk about the process of developing yourself and positioning yourself to expert level where your value and prices grow exponentially.

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Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Lacking motivation is something that everybody suffers from.

I dont care who they are, Branson, Musk, Bill Gates...whatever high achiever you can think off will have days when they feel Blah! Its normal and in most cases is simply an indication of something be wrong in your life or business. In todays episode of Join Up Dots we look at the five ways that you can over come days when lacking motivation is a problem. Most importantly keeping it at a few days instead of it dragging on and on becoming a problem that stops all progress. Why Do You Start Lacking Motivation? My wife always says to  me "Listen to your body as it knows the answer" and most often this is the perfect solution to your issues. We all know when we are excited and bouncy and full of beans, and generally its because something is fun and new and invigorating to us. Ever been to Disneyworld or any of the theme parks, and been aware of that feeling of dread, excitement and anticipation as you are walking towards the entrance gate. Our body is never lacking motivation on these days, as our whole day is full of new challenges that we are not sure we will like or not. Our body gets ready for the battle and subsequently we feel more alive than we do on a normal work or school day. Whilst we are on the subject of work, and school, think about your first days in the office and how you would wake up a little earlier and feel nervousness and anticipation that quickly disappears once the job becomes your job. How do you bring new challenges into your life that can be the spark to build more and more motivation ? Finding Fun New Challenges To Build Motivation Now most people struggle with this concept as they think that they have to find huge challenges that are an amazing undertaking. This is so wrong, and actually nobody achieves the big stuff without tackling the small things first. I remember back in the day, going into board meetings and trying to speak the lyrics of Beatles songs without nobody realising i was doing it? Stupid? Yeah a bit, but it gave me something to focus on in an environment that was a bit huumdrum. It could be simple things like "How quickly can I have a shower in the morning?", "How can I read a book a week?" "How can i cut back on sugar in the food that i am eating" Not one of them on their own will be lifechanging except perhaps the cutting out sugar, but they are little games to play with yourself. And games as we all know are fun, and fun is...well fun, and never leads to lacking motivation. So our first tip to start beating the issue of lacking motivation is try to find fun where fun might not be visible. Get Rid Of Overwhelm This is a problem that i have a lot and one that i have had to learn the skills to beat...and beat it i do. When things are moving along nicely in a business then you never struggle to find the motivation to make things happen. You get to your desk, start working and before you know it a day has passed and success is yours. How about those times however when you have too much on your plate, and everywhere you look there is something to be done. You plough on throughout the day until you get to bed with the feeling off "I haven't really achieved anything at all"? You wake up the next morning and the first signs of lacking motivation are appearing. "I cant bear the thought of another day like yesterday....i think ill watch Netflix for a bit" When this occurs you have to stop thinking of everything you need to do and just choose something. Think of something you fancy doing and brings about some kind of reward. It could be another customer, some income, another part of your business....but do something. The key to not lacking motivation is to find ways of feeling good about your efforts. So find something that brings the rewards and make things happen. The People Pleasing Trap That Kills Us All Do you feel that you spend most of your time doing stuff for other people. Certainly any parent will feel that they spend the bulk of their days taking the kids around to multiple activities. Which has been one of the good things about the pandemic in my view. A lot of the extra stuff that we do for people has been taken away from us for a bit. So this is your chance to reset and stop offering up your time and energies on being their for people that dont really deserve it. Stop trying to please others all the time, and block out some ME TIME, which is non negotiable. Through Join Up Dots I wont allow anyone to break into most of my week, and I'm always looking for ways that I can focus in on myself first. Is this selfish and a bad things? No not at all, it just means that i have more energy for the people that do need my help and that is where my efforts are better placed. As they say on the planes "Make sure you put your mask on first" and that has never been more important when trying to stop lacking motivation. Simply say NO. Happiness And Achievement Killers Of Motivation Yeah it seems a strange thing to admit as Join Up Dots is all about working on achieving your goals. But there are times when you achieve everything you wanted to achieve and then laziness and contentment creeps in. I think at our hearts everybody is lazy to some degree. We would all rather just sit around doing a few things here and there than driving forward everyday. So what do you do when lacking motivation is linked to huge success and achievement? Well i think that you should set a timescale to rest and bask in your glory before getting going again. Say to yourself "Man you have done well, give yourself three months off to rest, enjoy yourself but think of something new to do" As humans are creative, inspirational, higher functioning beings when we have something to challenge us. And coming full circle those challenges, no matter how small will lead to you never lacking motivation again.

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Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Bob Wheeler is our guest today on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots business podcast. Bob Wheeler, a financial expert and motivator, book author, and founder of The Money Nerve? As a man of true integrity with infectious energy, Bob Wheeler’s crusade for personal growth has cross-pollinated with his accounting practice to create a new approach to personal finances. His passion is to help others gain insights about how their emotions trigger financial decisions. Combining finances with behaviors, Bob explores his personal concept of creating a healthy relationship with money in his recent book, The Money Nerve. While strengthening his accounting practice, Bob has simultaneously pursued his love of satire and ventured into the realm of standup comedy. How The Dots Joined Up For Bob From his thirty years of helping clients, Bob has distilled a concoction of warmth, humour, information, motivation and budgeting directives that he offers to anyone with financial concerns. He is also currently the CFO for The World Famous Comedy Store. Now if that's not enough for you, then he has also an adventurous spirit in abundance too, with world travels that have led him to high altitudes. He has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, ascended to the Mount Everest Base Camp, and hiked several smaller mountains in between. With charm and humor, his experiences on the road, in the office, or running a Greek marathon, feed his wit as a stand-up comic and financial motivator. Bob Wheeler helps listeners conquer their money shame and avoid making poor financial decisions by teaching how emotions can dictate our choices. So is it all about our attitude to money that directs the riches that we bring into our lives? And what happened in Africa that changed his beliefs around money? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Bob Wheeler

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Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

What does your business need to start moving forward into 2021 with all the confidence in the world? Well just like you would set personal resolutions of losing weight, getting fitter, self development. Running a successful business more often not requires you to do as much clearing up, getting rid, and pruning the dead parts as always going for the new. In this podcast we look at the four things that you can start doing today to make your tomorrow so much brighter. Clear Friends and Acquaintances   We all know how it is nowadays. You are working on your pc, or phone a friend request comes through from somebody you dont know, you do a quick check and boom, they are connected to you. But why do we do this online, operating in a totally different way to how we would live our lives in real life? You wouldn't be at a bus stop and a random stranger asks to see your family photos, but in an instant you can give your life way online. Its madness. On the other side, you can easily find your focus lost with so many other people lives being part of your daily routine even if you dont know them? So our number one, resolution each year is take a good look at each of them and if they aren't relevant or useful, or actually been in contact get rid of them. You will find it so much easier to build a powerful network that works for you, instead of one that works against you. Clear Outstanding and Half Finished Entries When you are building a business you will start work with all the passion in the world. This is going to be the big thing, that kick starts everything for me. This will be my golden ticket. But in all honesty 80% of it really doesn't go anywhere and just fills up your Google Drives and desktop with clutter. Now this is a hard one to do, as like most of us you will think "Yeah, that is important...must keep that" So our little tip is change the search criteria to see when it was last modified on your computer, and if it was more than 3 months then bin it. You dont really need it, or you would have gone back and finished it off. A clean workspace free of distractions and clutter is the way towards a successful online business. Make Small Monthly Targets In our view a yearly or quarterly targets is not achievable, as you never know what is going to come out of the woodwork and send you off track. Being an entrepreneur is about being flexible and agile and finding your way around obstacles. Which is why in our view targets too far in the future aren't feasible and wont lead to success. Think about it, if life is about joining up the dots to get the success you want then just four big bulky dots per year wont get you far. 365 small, bouncy and perky dots....well that could get you round the world and back. UNDERSTAND YOUR PROFIT AND LOSS OF YOUR BUSINESS When you create a business from scratch you feel that the initial expenses are going to remain the same. Its an easy equation to work out, what i earn from the business against what i spend is what i need to do. However this is a simple mistake that will keep in you in the same position financially for much longer than you need to be in. To create a business that grows you must bring in another 20% to the equation that can then be reinvested back into the business. This could be for outside support and help. This could be for automated systems  that help drive more traffic through your business. It helps you to grow, and without surplus funds that are specifically allocated for growth you journey will be so much harder. So lets look at the equation again as it should look something like PROFIT IN - MINUS EXPENSES - MINUS 20% = EARNINGS. Every year its a good idea to start reviewing your financials and building upon the success of your business. You cant be boot strapping it forever.

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Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Happy New Year 2021, we all cry in unison across the world. Is it as much to say goodbye to 2020, which started off as normal and ended up in such a weird way nobody was untouched? Who knows, but one things we do know is a Happy New Year 2021, means a lot more than most years to a lot more people. In todays podcast we give a brief overview of the changes that have occurred in our business over the last six months or so. Also we talk about how to start building online success, by breaking down financial goals into small easy to achieve targets. You want £200 per month of additional income, then how do you want to get it? Do you want £200 from one customer or do you want £200 from 200 customers paying you a £1 each. Its all up to you to decide and make it happen. Our Goals For 2021 We love shouting out Happy New Year 2021 with gusto, as quite frankly we like drawing a line under previous challenges and starting all over again. Through Join Up Dots journey over the last seven years we have never had a year where we haven't set firm and achievable goals right from the start. In 2021 we have decided that we want to increase the value and profitability of the business, whilst freeing ourselves more and more from the the day to day running of the operation. Its quite easy to get caught up in the weeds and find yourself restricted by the challenges and workload that it takes to run a business. So its time to reassess and start delegating more and more to the over day to day operations by building teams . Whats the point in having a business when quite frankly it doesn't give you what you wanted in the first place. More Goals For 2021 Over the last ten years or so, we feel that the major thing that we have done, that let's our work down, is getting you guy to believe. We need you to believe in the system of online business more than ever, by tipping the iceberg upside down. We are going to make things clearer and clearer to you all, so by listening to Join Up Dots you will gain total clarity of the steps that you need to take. Through the three times a week podcast episode, and videos sent directly to your email inbox we are going to let you peer behind the curtain. Is there anywhere else that does this for you in such consistent ways? We dont think so, so lets set the bar as high as possible to make the biggest difference that we can. Big goals, big focus and a big delivery from us to you, but we will make it happen. So from everyone at Join Up Dots, there is nothing left for us to say than scream "Happy new Year 2021" its going to be the best one ever.

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Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

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