Wed, 30 June 2021
Company of one and other wisdom is on the cards today in the Join Up Dots business coaching podcast.
Lets start with some major words to get into your head.
When we're young, we have an amazing positive outlook about how great life is going to be.
But somewhere along the line we forget to dream and end up settling.
Join Up Dots features amazing people who refuse to give up and chose to go after their dreams.
This is your blueprint for greatness. So here's your host live from the back of his garden in the UK David Ralph
Yes. Hello. Good morning.
Good morning everyone across the world.
How are you welcome to Join Up Dots.
Yes, the global hit show, the business motivation conversation, inspirational show, that is literally driving you guys to success.
Its driving you guys forward. And for a long while it was driving me into an early grave.
But I'm things things are a lot more on an even keel.
This Week In Join UP Dots
This week's been a bit of a bit of an unusual week, because I've been away.
I often say that I'm very good at disconnecting. But it's very hard to 100% disconnect.
It's very hard not to just go "Oh, I'll go on the internet, I just do this. And I just do that."
This week, I've been trying my hardest to really be free from everything, not knowing what's going on in the news, not knowing what the football result are.
And Im about 80% achieving my aim.
I needed to do that because I started to feel myself getting a little bit frazzled by the amount of work I was taking on.
That's kind of what I'm going to be talking about today.
Because when you start your online business, when you start any business, more often than not, you go for the dream.
I suppose the dream isn't what the dream ends up being.
Because first of all, you start with a tiny little dream thinking "Oh, as long as I can get x y Z, then ill be alright".
It's a kind of scraping through kind of dream.
Which is perfectly acceptable, because you haven't moved through to the next stage where you you've had the proof.
As my wife always says, "When I see it, I'll believe it. "
When I See It I'll Believe It
And so that's what happens in Join Up Dots and everyone that I coach have to have that moment of realisation that this can work.
Now, when they're starting to build it, you set a ceiling on what you need.
More often than not, I call it my keeping the lights on figure.
That point when you can get to a certain point where you go, "Yeah, we're okay now. I'm actually earning the income. That means that the bills are paid, but I've got free time and everything is good."
But of course, of course, things get a little bit greedy.
It's very hard not to go out and just squeeze in another client, or just do another little bit of this and a little bit of that.
I found myself falling into that trap where I was actually starting to think, "Oh my god, I need to do this and then I need to do that. "
In many ways, it wasn't becoming fun.
It wasn't when I was connecting with people and thinking, "I'm really looking forward to this"
It was like what I need to get this done because I got another person straight afterwards.
So I've tried to clear the decks, I've gone back to basics with Join Up Dots where I'm doing the bare minimum.
But what I need to do to actually sort of make a living. And if you can make a living, that's great.
If you make a greedy living then more often than not, it comes with certain sort of restraints.
Matt Devella And Minimalism
You know, along that line, when I did dip into the internet, I saw this video now there's a guy that I've mentioned on the show called Matt D'avella.
He's on YouTube, and he does a lot of lifestyle design videos, and they're very good.
They're very professional.
But as with most things, once you've seen a few of them, you start to think, "okay, you're kind of repeating yourself."
It must be very hard as it is with Join Up Dots .
I'm sure after 1500 shows, you guys are going "God, he's talking about the same thing. He's constantly telling us Yes, you can go out and do it."
And I'm gonna keep on doing that. I will keep on doing that until the last breath is in my body.
And I'm laying there.
And I say," Did it work? Did it work? "
And we open the window.and if I hear crying and mourning across the globe, and I'm hoping Yes, it's worked and join up dots delivered what I was hoping for.
Anyway back to Matt Devella, as these are really good videos.
And one of the ones I watched this week was a minimalist approach to business.
Now I like minimalism, although I am more into essentialism, which I will actually talk about later.
But minimalism is how you reduce everything in your life to that which you need.
You don't need to be out having to work to support them.
Now, it's a long standing principle, really, so many people are going to work just to pay for that car loan, which they don't actually get a chance to use because they're going to work to pay for it.
They have a big mortgage too, and they're supporting a lifestyle that isn't conducive to having life experiences.
Life Is About Having Your Breath Taking Away
I saw a sign in the pub the other day.
It said something like, "Life isn't about the amount of breaths you take. It's about the amount of moments that your breath is taken away."
That's brilliant, isn't it, where it's all about having those experiences and those moments when you say "Oh, my God, that is wonderful."
I think most of us don't get many of those because we're so busy just living a life and sort of moving on.
Now, Matt, the minimalist guy. He done that.
H has stripped his life down. He's made it very basic.
He was talking to a guy called Paul Jarvis, who's got a book out which I jumped onto Amazon and bough.
I bought his book "Company of One", which is saying, staying small is the next big thing for business.
The principle which is building minimalism into your business.
So not to think to yourself "Right? I want to have a million pound a month."
Instead saying "If I can get to my keep the lights on figure, and then double it. That's good enough. That's, that's fine."
So if I could get like two clients a month, and that gives me what I need, and then double, why go for five clients and 10 clients?
Why get staff and employees?
You keep it all stripped back.
Now one of the things he was talking about is how so many people people start paying for employees.
When you're better off is having people on contract that only get paid when you need them. So they're kind of non paid employees.
So if you're sort of struggling with your website design and your email marketing list, have somebody that is ready, and you've signed them off, and you know them and you trust them.
You can say, "Jane, Jane, I need you to do that today." And she does it.
When you pay her, it's not an employee, but it's a contracted worker to keep your business small, meaning that you can just focus in on what you're doing.
Well when I was watching that video i was thinking "Yeah, I think that's what I need to do."
Because I've taken on so many client, which is brilliant, me, my 30 day business coaching course, has been flying, and which is great.
But as I say you get a bit frazzled. And you think to yourself, "Actually, I can't do this. And I can't do that, because I've got this person to speak to"
Building Your Own Company Of One
So that's what I've been doing.
If you jump onto YouTube and look for that Company of One, why staying small, it's the next big thing in business by Paul Jarvis and Matt, they develop a very interesting conversation.
The other thing that I'm going to say is I want to read an email.
Now I won't give this guy's name, but I'm going to be speaking to him live tomorrow.
I just wanted you guys to hear somebody out there who's listening to the show.
I will tell you that his name's Scott, nothing else, nothing else. But I will tell you, he's named Scott. And I'm going to be speaking to him live tomorrow.
He's connected with me. And I'm gonna, I'm going to try to help him on his way.
He said me? I'm Scott. Good morning David massive fan of the show.
Thank you for the effort you put in, I know you're a busy guy.
So out of 12 months anyway, so I'll be brief. I'm totally into your way of thinking.
My goal is to create an online business, that I can operate from anywhere and spend more time doing what I want, when I want, who I want with, just don't tell the wife.
The issue is I'm totally lost as to what the business will be.
The more podcasts and videos I watch, the more lost I get.
I totally understand that. You can go into sort of analysis paralysis, as they say where every single person's got a point of view.
I always say to people find two or three people that you really believe in and ignore everybody else. Now, I still got the same two. But I look at all the time.
One of the guys is Pat Flynn from Smart Passive income. And the other is a guy called John Lee Dumas who runs Entrepreneur on Fire.
He's taken his podcast into seven figures.
It would be stupid for me not to at least go over every now and again and have a look at what he's doing and how he's structuring it.
Everybody else I ignore, got no interest in them. I just go for the two guys I believe in and I trust and you should do as well.
Now, Scott says, "The issue is I'm totally lost as to what that business will be. And the more podcasts and videos I watched the more Lost I get.
Digital marketing, affiliate marketing, FBA, God knows, I'm just getting stressed trying to figure out what way to go.
I'm open to anything, I just need to be shown the path and not told I'm going to be worth a million quid in a week's time.
Now that is one of the thing I loved about this email. And that's why I decided to connect with him. Because I hate these things where you see somebody next to their infinity pool.
It's not their bloody infinity pool. They've just gone on holiday and said to somebody else "Can I make a video and jump into the infinity pool?"
Or they walked past a jet while they're trying to get into EasyJet, and they taken a quick photograph of themselves.
So it looks like their lifestyle. I don't believe any of it. I really don't.
I think most of it is total rubbish out there. I'd much rather see somebody wearing, you know, a pair of jeans and a T shirt and saying, you know, I live my life.
I go and pick the kids up from school, I come home, I do three hours work. And I make a full time income.
To me that is far more doable, and far more believable than what these people are saying "Yes, if you follow me, you can be a millionaire in a week's time, total total rubbish. "
Scott also says "I don't need a Lamborghini, Chelsea and New York homes, I'd be happy knowing every month the bills are paid no matter where I am in the world".
And that is totally doable. It really is.
And there's three ways you've got to think about how to do this.
The Three Ways To Build A Company Of One
You've really got to stop thinking about affiliate marketing.
It's great, but it's small potatoes.
You've got to step more into the bigger part of the business.
If you've got something that you can do, and believe me, you will have something that you can do that somebody else wants, you can become that product and that service .
You then making more money.
Now what you then need to do is obviously separate yourself from the business by training somebody up to be able to do what you do so that you can then service two people.
You can scale it and it doesn't mean that you're trapped in the business. It's just you have to get the ball rolling.
Now there was a guy on the show the other day called Geoff Cook, who is the founder or Growlr, the Gay Bear app.
Yeah I bet Yogi's having a great old time in the woods.
The Gay Bear man, Geoff Cook was saying that at the beginning, he started a CV resume business in college.
He was doing all the work himself.
He had to until he could find people that would help him. And then his issue was about how to make sure those people remain good.
Keeping the quality up. So there's certain issues at the beginning.
But the strategy really is if you can put yourself into the service, first of all, you're going to start making more money.
Why My Company Of One Was An Early Failure
I think with Join Up Dots I screwed up on that.
I kind of thought that you could just make a podcast, be like a radio host and make a million pounds.
But of course that's not the case.
You've got to be more in your business than out of your business.
Now Scott also says "I'm a builder of 25 years working self employed and although massive potential in the industry, I fell out of love with it and the desire for the online business lifestyle you dangle" Yes, my dangling out, I dangle in front of him every week.
"I know that there's a shitload of work ahead of me. And that's something I don't have a problem with at all.
Please help or show me where to start maybe.
So I love that email. There's realism, there's understanding that it takes work.
There's understanding, that you aim to pay your bills.
There's understanding that yes you could be a millionaire but who wants to you know?
I used to want to be a millionaire. And now when somebody says to me, "David I'm going to Be a Millionaire Next year, I just go Yeah, go and go for it." #
Because making a million pounds online, does happen. But it's difficult, more difficult than making a replacement income from what you've got at the moment to where you want to be.
But you've got the free time, you've got the choices, you've got all that kind of stuff. That is totally doable. That is a company of one.
So I suppose in a summary of blending this podcast in with the company of one, why staying small is the next big thing for business, and Scott's honest realization of what it takes.
I think that I was on the wrong track recently, I think I've started to go for certain points of business.
Well, as I said, I'm aiming for a million listeners. Now I am I'm still aiming for a million listeners, because that's part of my overall strategy.
That doesn't mean that I've got to do any more work, I've just got to do the right things behind the show.
Totally doable, and will bring me a lot of rewards. Lovely, lovely, lovely.
But on the other side, I can have too many clients, which means that I am restricted from having a life and feeling frazzled.
Wanting to disconnect and hide out online. Can't do that, because that's not going to be good for me.
You got to think about that right at the very beginning.
You got to think about how much you're willing to put in.
But always having that ability to separate yourself, you know, don't trap yourself, paint yourself closer to the door, but then leave yourself on the other side of the door that you can close it up behind you and disappear.
I can literally turn off for months at a time my business will still operate I close it up.
I'd say I'm not going to take any more coaching clients any more mentoring clients and then I'll come back in August or September or whatever and then I will go again totally controllable.
That is the company of one, I am heading for.
Mon, 28 June 2021
Fred Stuvek, JR is today's guest joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots business coaching podcast.
He is a former athlete who served in the military and successfully started his own business, and now has advice for those looking to thrive in this battered economy. He has achieved extraordinary success in diverse realms.
He has been inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame for achievements in football, basketball, baseball, and track. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy, after lettering three years as quarterback for the Midshipmen.
After service as a Naval Officer, he transitioned to the business world where he has held senior leadership positions in private and public companies, both domestically and internationally.
Key successes include an international medical imaging start-up that led to a successful IPO, and forming a private medical services company, which he subsequently sold.
From the playing field, to the war room, to the board room, his leadership and accomplishments have given him a distinct perspective and a results-oriented mindset.
Fri, 25 June 2021
Start Ups is the name of the game with Mark Grimes, todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast. He is a man who over the last few months has taken more action than most people, not least himself have done over the last 18 years. You see over nearly two decades our guest today created a list of businesses that he thought would be proven winners. Or at least those that were worth reviewing and developing to see if they bore fruit. Now since August 1, 2020, he is a man on fire. As he says "Since August 2020 I launched one new startup every day for 31 days in a row. Yep, 31 brand spanking new companies. No business plans drawn up. No money raised. No teams assembled. No website created—nothing done ahead of time. Zero. Zip. Zilch. Lean and mean. 100% transparent. 100% open. How The Start Ups Dots Joined Up For Mark Grimes One new idea was selected each day from 350+ business ideas scribbled down over the last 18 years, aka the Dunning Kruger Project. Is this for real? Yes. Am I joking? No. Am I nuts? We’ll see. Why am I doing this? Well, there are 55 million newly unemployed people in the US alone. There is continuing economic upheaval. There are tense racial, political, and personal divisions among us. There is a global pandemic. Is this the worst possible time to launch and grow a startup? Yes Could it be the best possible time? Yes. Which of course makes him a perfect guest for a show like Join Up Dots So where can people start first with so many ideas flooding around us all everyday? And of course how does he remain organised and focused on developing every single one. Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mark Grimes
Wed, 23 June 2021
ONLINE BUSINESS SUCCESS THE EASY WAY
Don’t build a business that is a slog everyday !
We teach you how to create your DREAM BUSINESS in just a few hours per week!
In this episode of Join Up Dots we answer a listeners email question who is struggling to get the success that they want.
What truly make success starts within as you will find out.......
Mon, 21 June 2021
Is there ever a good time to start a business? Well the world is full of stories of businesses being started in economic downturns, and recessions and becoming billion dollar empires. So what about lockdown?
When we are stuck indoors, unable to visit friends and trapped in an endless cycles of zoom quizzes can you make a success of a new business idea?
Well as you will see on todays show....the answer is YES for sure. We are going to bringing you ideas born in lockdown over the next few months to inspire you to go and create your own business success, without any excuses.
Fri, 18 June 2021
Introducing Time Control
Time control or as most people call it time management is a problem that so many people struggle with.
You wake up each morning with all the best intentions to make a difference, and then get sucked into a never ending world of interruptions.
You know the kind of things that send you off track. Just a couple of minutes on Facebook and you've lost an hour or so looking at peoples kid and cats pictures.
So you do a few emails, and then find that you've lost another hour.
So how can you make sure that you stay on track and get everything firing on all cylinders day after day?
Well on todays podcast episode we discuss time control and bring our top six tips to make every day wildly productive.
Listener Question One
Dear David, long term listener to the show. Back in 2018 I began the creation of my children's nursery for 2 to 5 year olds. I saw the need, made it happen and have been happily profitable since.
However, upon the pandemic hitting and forcing us to close down, i realised that i had allowed time suckers to take over my life without me knowing. Just little things really, but when I wasn't working in the business, i still had loads of things to do everyday, such as emails, parent support, dealing with the local council and such things.
I didn't start the business simply to be ploughing through an endless list of tasks everyday, but it seems that i have walked bang into just that.
Listener Question Two
Dear David, you seem to have things happily ticking along in your life, and ill be honest sound like you barely work at all. I'm sure that this isn't the case...so how do you do it?
What super power do you possess that the rest of us dont, as i'm feeling less and less sexy everyday no matter how many times you tell us to "stay sexy"
Great show Eric, Buckinghamshire.
Of course to hear the amazing time control advice you need to listen to todays show, and then all the others waiting for you.
It might take awhile, but by then you will have become a master of time control....how good is that?
Direct download: Make_Your_Business_Work_A_Couple_Of_Hours_Per_Day.mp3
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Wed, 16 June 2021
Mike Koenigs is todays guest joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots. He is a man on a double mission, or at least one that entwines butifully around each other.
One on side he helps experts build empires both online and offline, ok that is the first part ticked off, He does by showing his clients that you can get paid for BEING, instead of doing, by building influence, authority and loving life too.
Now this isn't someone who simply says that they are an expert and then starts building from that point onwards but someone who has lived it. As he says "Ironically, surviving cancer didn’t save me. Six years later, as I’m waking up, I hear something in me say, “My soul hurts”. I moved out to California in 2001, one month after 9/11, followed my passions, took giant risks, worked hard and created a lot of wealth.
I far exceeded the expectations most had for a boy growing up in a 763 person town in Minnesota from a fairly chaotic, lower middle-class family.
Beyond my business success, I was blessed with a wonderful wife and an amazing son, and we had luxuries including a second home on the beach in La Jolla. Yet, something was deeply wrong. Prior to recognizing that my soul hurt, I knew I was increasingly depressed and full of anxiety, but after hearing myself declare it, I knew I needed a transformation.
I just didn’t know what was broken. And that is the perfect place to start todays episode of Join Up Dots. So its ok saying i need to change, but a totally different thing to actually know where you need to change from and to that is the problem, so where did he start?
And for someone sitting listening with no followers, influence or or a tweet or a video to their name, where can they start to build their empire? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to Join Up Dots with the one and only Mr Mike Koenigs.
Mon, 14 June 2021
Stephan Aarstol is today guest joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots business podcast. He is a Shark Tank Winner and CEO of Tower (where Mark Cuban is an investor), Stephan Aarstol is also the inventor of the 5-hour workday, an initiative he started in 2015 to challenge long held delusions about unhealthy start-up work culture.
Stephan moved his whole company to a 5-hour workday, and yes we mean his whole company not just the directors and would later write a book, The Five Hour Workday about the experience. Now you might be thinking "wow this is amazing my company would never do this"
Well there was a time when our guest might have been thinking that he wished he hadn't.
Fri, 11 June 2021
British Snack Co founder Thomas Lock is todays guest joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots business podcast.
As they say "Since our humble beginnings in 2013, our mission has been to create the tastiest snacks money can buy.
Lovingly crafted, outrageously delicious and quintessentially quirky, our products can be found in supermarkets, pubs and independent shops across the world.
Handcooked in the UK using exclusively British potatoes, our crisps combine no-nonsense flavours with classic crunch.
Their first product, Awfully Posh Pork Crackling, was developed by founder Tom Lock in his mum’s kitchen. And then the company was founded to scale up production and launch the pork crackling to the UK market.
Now this isn't just a profit making exercise, as they are made on a farm that not only grows its own potatoes, but is powered by renewable energy. So, these crisps don't just taste good - they do good, too.
So we hear time and time again about people starting online businesses and selling online courses, but how do you actually develop tasty snacks?
And when did he sit back and think "Ok, this is something, this is really something that we need to get out to the world. Its time to get serious?" Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Thomas Lock
Wed, 9 June 2021
Starting A Business On Passion And Other Questions Starting a business on passion is what everybody wants of course.
Why wouldn't you want to wake up with a Yay......and an excitement in your stomach? Well quite frankly, that is the dream but more often or not along the way you can find that things become a little bit different.
So in this episode of Join Up Dots we answer three questions from listeners of the show that all come to us looking for answers on passion. Question One David, you seem a man who is always very honest on the podcast.
SO i would like to ask you a question re starting a business with a friend. My best friend from school (so 30 years and counting) wants to start a vaping business with me, delivering vaping equipment to social clubs and colleges.
They have planned things out and it all looks very good, but i have two issues. 1: I dont think i really would ever start this myself, so i wonder about my passion long term. 2. I am worried that our friendship might suffer long term if i do it, and also if i dont do it. Any help will put this troubled mind at a rest. Georgey, UK Question Two Dear David, i have started several businesses over the last few years and never get past the slog part of everything before I lose the will to live and give up.
Any advice from a sex bomb of a man who seems to have this part of things sewn up bigtime. John, Newton Le Willows, UK Question Three Hi David, do you really enjoy what you do? It sounds like you do, but it could also be an act.
The reason i ask is I'm reading a book on the subject of finding what you love and it is quote clear that nobody truly finds what they love.
Am i aming too high? Kitty Ketinbanban
Mon, 7 June 2021
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.
Fri, 4 June 2021
My Business Is Earning Money But A Mess & Other Questions
Through the many years of Join Up Dots, we have inspired people from across the world to take control of their lives, start building their own income and have a kickass life.
But of course, its not as easy as simply saying that you want to do it and it just happens.
You need to of course start, but you also (and this is the hardest part of it all) need to truly believe that you can make things happen.
That is where the difficulties start and the voices in your head start to take control of the situation and things go off the rails.
Well in todays podcast episode we answer just three of the many questions that come into the show on a daily basis asking for help.
These ones however are a bit different, as they aren't just people struggling to make a difference in their lives.
Two of the questions are from people who have got things in a good position and now need a little bit of assistance to take it to the next level. Lets start with question one, and of course you need to listen to the show to hear the full, expansive answers.
Direct download: Twenty_Years_Of_Savings_And_A_Life_Of_Adventure.mp3
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Wed, 2 June 2021
Rusty Gaillard is todays guest joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots business podcast.
As a transformational coach & motivational speaker of Silicon Valley Dream builders todays guest helps men and women experience more freedom in their lives.
He left a 13+ year career at Apple in 2019 to focus full-time on helping others transform their life to one they love.
His passion for this work comes from his personal experience of transformation, including life changes he chose, and those he didn't.
Starting with a voluntary demotion in 2010 to spend more time with his young son, a multi-year divorce, and launching a new career in 2018, he learned that how we react to life’s events matters more than the event itself.