Mon, 14 September 2015
My guest today Join Up Dots free podcast interview is Mr Greg Schwem, a man who has combined two sought after talents and created something rather unusual.
He knows how many business conferences are dry, flat affairs, with keynotes presentations by grey men, in grey suits, spouting grey material.
Leaving the audience wondering when the next breakout session will be, or what happened to that cute girl they saw earlier that morning.
Instead he brings a comedic approach honed by working the stand-up routines in Chicago, with an eye for detail for the written word developed through his study at Northwestern University’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism.
Two distinctly different specialisms, which complement each other perfectly.
But as we see time and time again where someone ends up, displaying what seem like god given talents, is quite often the last place that they envisioned at the beginning of their career.
Leaving University, he settled in Florida, becoming an award-winning reporter for NBC-owned WPTV in West Palm Beach, until when he began inserting material about business and technology into his act, audience members approached him and said, “You really should come down to my office and tell those jokes.”
And that was that. With a lot of hard work. A lot of persistence. And a desire to be the best that he can be he was on his way.
So how did this young journalist take such a detour in his career?
And why did he feel the need to take an already difficult art of public speaking, and make it doubly tough by trying to make business folk laugh at 9:00am in the morning?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Greg Schwem
Sat, 12 September 2015
In today's bonus episode of Join Up Dots, your host David Ralph shares something deeply personal that he should have got dealt with years ago, but was scared to do it.
Finally making an appointment at the hospital for an issue that has caused him distress and discomfort for far longer than it should have, he realised that he was trapped within the comfort zone.
That zone where dreams die.
And experiences are never gained.
He was scared to confront something that was out of the normal experiences that he dealt with everyday.
Preferring to ignore it until it become something that he couldn't ignore it anymore.
But why do we do this?
Why do we all crave the life of our dreams, where excitement wakes us up everyday with a cheery eagerness, but instead prefer to be greeted by the cold hand of boredom and frustration instead.
Its quite simply that as human beings we like nothing more than routine.
We don't like to be scared, or feel apprehension and discomfort.
But actually being brave and attempting new things, feeling frightened and full of adrenaline, is what keeps us young and feeling good about ourselves.
It doesn't have to be big like tying a bungee chord to your office window and leaping out, but just speaking up when normally you might have stayed quiet.
It might be going into a bookshop and choosing a totally random book to what you would normally reach out for.
Just stuff that is different.
We impose a lot of restrictions on ourselves that keep us small.
Stopping us believing in the impossible.
And by stepping out of our comfort zone in small ways, we actually build up our confidence to tackle the big things.
And in big thing land is where our dreams start becoming real.
Fri, 11 September 2015
Todays guest joining us on Join Up Dots, is a man who is tackling an issue that is in so many ways bigger than one man can tackle.
But that is not stopping him.
In fact the enormity seems to spur him on to greater and greater achievements.
From his home in Senegal Africa, he has founded R.I.S.E an organisation to help counter the unemployment issue that is affecting so many young adults and their families in his country.
He is trying to inspire and encourage a new generation of Young Africans to believe that they can become entrepreneurial and create their own incomes.
He is trying to change mind-sets, so the unemployed can start thinking of ways of creating their own economy and changing their own lives.
What makes this program so fascinating is how our guest brings together education, fitness, Language studies, inspiration and communication to give his students the greatest chance to achieve.
He builds a foundation of achievement before certifying the students as graduating his course and setting them off to go for their dreams..
So what was it that got the fires burning to start establishing these centres across Africa?
And how did he overcome those initial fears that stop so many great ideas from even finding their first faltering steps.
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to sqtrt joining up dots with the one and only Mr Badou Kane
Wed, 9 September 2015
My guest today on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is Leslie Sann, a lady who has joined me in bed every night for the last few weeks.
No, not in the way that you are thinking, and probably not they way she is hopes its not either.
But she presented me with a copy of her new book “LIFE HAPPENS What Are YOU Going to Do About It?” and I have been reading a chapter a night, and it’s a great little book of stories, insights and exercises to take your life to where it wants to be.
And the main thing that the book rams home time and time again, is that life should be easy.
We should enjoy everyday and find better ways of doing stuff when life seems to hard for us to deal with.
She is the founder of Living by Design, an educational coaching organization, where for more than 25 years she has been helping people live a joyful life by showing them how to live by design rather than by default.
Make the right thing happens by conscious thought, and not just get pushed around by what life throws at you.
So did she get to a point in her own life when she thought “Enough is enough, its time to make life what I want it to be”
And does she see that most people can build the dream life, or is there a select special group of forward thinkers that get the dream?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Leslie Sann.
Mon, 7 September 2015
My guest today on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is, Nina Kaufman a lady who is on one hand a career focused business lady with a huge interest in law and on the other someone quite different..
Yes, she is the founding is a founding partner of Paltrowitz & Kaufman, and also a founder of Wise Counsel Press, which offers legal advice for small businesses and entrepreneurs.
Seems pretty standard doesn’t it, and if you are like me you already have an image of who we are going to talk to today.
But then how about if we tell you that she was also a stand up comedian, and loves nothing more than bringing humour into her work as a business lawyer?
Yeah, now you are interested aren’t you!
Receiving her Bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College (cum laude), her Master’s degree from the London School of Economics & Political Science, and her law degree from Boston University, she layered education on to the passions she had since a young girl to use the law to help change lives.
She saw the film “To Kill A Mocking Bird” and quite simply the passion for helping change occur became something that she couldn’t deny.
But it seems to me that a key part to what has made he who she is today occurred in her first role straight out of law school
As she says in her own words “I was working with a firm that had a revolving door of attorneys and support staff. Employee morale was low. The partners were often verbally abusive; they yelled a lot. My first experience was one where I realized I was going to have to fend for myself and that I couldn’t really rely on all the old assumptions that I had gone through much of law school with. It’s one of the reasons I became much more entrepreneurial in the way that I handled my practice and the clients I chose and what I’ve done with my J.D. since then.”
Another black dot actually became the keystone to future successes.
So why was she driven to go into stand up comedy when her life was built around serious issues and high level business stress?
And is she now where wants to be, or is their even more dots to join up on the way to to her final destination?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Nina Kaufman.
Fri, 4 September 2015
My guest today, on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is Tex Allen, a fascinating man, who has taken something so simple, and so common to us all and created something astonishing.
Our guest, wears a red nose everyday, one of the comic relief ones that most of us have had tucked away in a draw at home.
But he is not a clown, but a man using this item to break barriers, connect across the world, and open up conversations that would have otherwise remained closed.
This all started when he started getting annoyed by bumping into people in a local mall that had their noses glued to their phones and tablets.
Frustrated by the disconnection in the world, where even the cashiers who rang up his transactions seemed to have forgotten how to have an authentic, human interaction he too action.
And so on a whim, he decided to put on a clown nose he’d recently been gifted at a friend’s wedding before going into a Starbucks for a post-shopping coffee break.
He needed something to cheer him up and decided that since no one pays attention to each other anyway, he might as well do something fun.
And that has now lead him to creating a movement which is global, fun, and all about getting us connected again.
So did it have to be a nose, or could anything have done the trick?
And does he ever feel embarrassed by wearing this everyday, or does it actually make him feel truly authentic?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Tex Allen
Wed, 2 September 2015
My guest today on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who can call himself a global mindset coach, with clients across the world who seek him out to help them go to the next level.
From entrepreneurs, world champions, professional sports athletes, multi-millionaire business owners, TV and film producers, TV and stage actors, trauma survivors and even Royal Family have all benefited from his skills.
But what fascinates me, is coming from Liverpool he would have found himself surrounded with friends and families who are just looking to get by.
He would have been on a path like so many of us that is almost expected.
Study hard, leave school, get a job, start a family….you get the drift.
But our guest didn’t do that, instead he left everything behind and traveled to Sydney Australia, where he discovered Neuro Linguistic Programming in a sales and marketing environment.
Breaking multiple sales records whilst helping clients successfully structure and invest in real-estate and at the top of the business in Australia, he was head-hunted to New Zealand.
There he began to share his skills with CEO’s and again being in high demand was prospected to many companies, helping them develop their sales teams and set up internal departments.
At the age of only 26 he opened a company developing a project to build a 100 Million dollar resort in the Fiji Islands. After marketing the company over in Dubai along side multi billion dollar developments the global real-estate industry began to slow down and he had a decision to make.
After so much success would he batten down the hatches and go into survival mode?
Or would he do the unexpected and get bigger, opening his arms wide and screaming “Come on world its me, just watch what I can do!”
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Andy Murphy
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Mon, 31 August 2015
Devin Thorpe is a man who has a path similar to so many people in the world and certainly many of the guests of Join Up Dots.
He was on a path, that had been created out of study, education and hard work, leading him to perform as he says "The best job he’d ever had—as the Chief Financial Officer of the multinational food and beverage company MonaVie" until they let him go.
And upon those words "Sorry we don't require your services anymore" his life it seems became what truly it should have been at the beginning.
He and his wife ended up living in China for a year where he wrote "Your Mark On The World" and embarked on the career he’d always wanted yet hadn’t dared dream.
And that is what truly fascinates me.
Why does a man work tirelessly in his education, and his employment, but not allow this effort to take him to the land of his dreams.
The places where his heart, brain, enthusiasms, all come together and he wakes up excited every morning.
And now he is an author, advisor and Forbes contributor, and is a devoted full time to championing social good, writing about, advocating for and advising those who do good.
He travels extensively, sharing inspiring messages as a keynote speaker, and trainer.
So have the dots joined up naturally for him, or does he feel that he is now just starting the journey that is truly his?
And what would he say to his younger self if he could go back in time, do what he did, or change direction even earlier.
Well we are going to find out later, as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Devin Thorpe
Fri, 28 August 2015
It’s an absolute delight to have on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview, two ladies who literally bound around the world like some excited Labradors.
And believe me that might not sound like a compliment, but it certainly is.
As the two of them have had some huge setbacks in life, but haven’t allowed them to lose their spirit for life, and their desire to create adventure in their relationship.
After originally meeting in 2010 at a course in Sydney, called ‘The Quest for Truth’ it became evident that the quest for truth, was going to be linked with their love of travel.
A few years back, after leaving Australia, they entered into a business opportunity in Dubai, which of course they thought would be a good move, but turned out to be anything but.
Or so hey would have thought at the time, but as we see literally everyday on Join Up Dots, the darkest times in our lives become the moments where we find our true paths.
Left with literally nothing, they had to reassess what they wanted to do, and how they wanted to do it….with the caveat of making it as cheap as possible.
With a mere $300 in their pockets they decided to start travelling through house-sitting as a way to save money on the rent they could no longer afford.
They figured if they could save themselves rent and utility bills for six months or so, they could get back on our feet… and then go and do something they really wanted to do, which of course would involve travel.
But actually they had found it already, and now are the creators of the international housesitting community, where they share their knowledge and experience with anyone who has that desire for the nomadic lifestyle….which I think most of us have at one time or another.
So do they look back at Dubai, and go “Do you know that was truly the making of us…we wouldn’t change a thing!”
And do they believe that within all of us is a business that can be built purely on our passions, leading to a life that we love?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start Joining Up Dots with the one and only, Nat & Jodie
Wed, 26 August 2015
My guest today, on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who has worked tirelessly to achieve his dream in life
And as we know the dream is always hard to achieve, but sometimes it can be made so much harder by the people that you are surrounding yourself with.
Sometimes your path is hidden from you by the actions and words of others, and no matter how much you try to get going, they will place obstacles in your way.
Which is certainly true with todays guest, who after a terrible time passing through the education system, stumbled through over 30 jobs, looking for the thing that lights him up.
He knew he wanted to be in entertainment in some way through his whole life, but was always told that it could never happen.
He vividly remembers telling his mom that he wanted to be an actor and being told to “get real.”
He recalls being told by a school councillor that he should go to work at the local mill cause that was all he would ever amount to.
He was directed by not what he thought was possible, but what others were willing to believe.
He needed the support of others, who could help his dreams come true.
The kind of people that would allow the shoots of his dreams to start growing.
And he found those people, and their positive words started showing the path.
As he says “They were telling me I could do something bigger, that I was someone. They were true friends to me. I learned I could work for myself. They kept asking “what’s your dream?” I thought ‘well maybe I could make a movie if I had $1 million dollars.’ I had no clue how movies were made! I just wanted to make one. – Age 26 I started studying stand-up comedy thinking maybe this was a way to get a movie made.”
So has he made his dream come true, by delivering a movie to the world?
Has he found the path, that he knows is truly his?
Well let’s find out, as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr. Doc Kennedy
Mon, 24 August 2015
Todays guest joining us on Join Up Dots is a man who is on a mission to change lives.
And it seems to me he is doing at the very spot where we need those lives to changed the most...the classroom.
Yes, he is a teacher who is focusing on a very simple principle but one that can make so much difference.
He believes that "A secure and trusting relationship between teacher and students is at the heart of positive discipline and a safe, productive classroom.
The positive effects of building teacher-student relationships impact all aspects of classroom life.
Students come to class and like to be there, they are more engaged in learning, they retain more of what they learn, and their creativity is unleashed. There are fewer behavior issues, lower dropout rates, and more harmony between class members."
And that period of our lives when we are going through the system to be pushed out into the real world, is the time when we should be inspired and encouraged to think big, be creative, and love our studies.
And now with a bestselling book "You've Gotta Connect: Building Relationships That Lead to Engaged Students, Productive Classrooms, and Higher Achievement" and more and more people taking an interest in his work it seems that this is a mission that we can all connect with at heart.
So when did he realise that its more about connecting and less about the content that he teaches that truly makes the difference?
And did he always have a desire to be a published author, or is he surprised to now see himself sitting proudly in the author section of "Amazon"?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr James Sturtevant.
Sat, 22 August 2015
In todays bonus episode of Join Up Dots your host David Ralph, tackles the subject of "How do you start when there is too much choice"?
This has become the number one question that he recieves everyday....."I Know I Want To Do Something But I Don't Know Where To Start"
So David, details two amazingly simple and powerful exercises that you can all do, that will start your brain working on what you would like to achieve.
What is your perfect day built around?
And most importantly what steps you need to take to make them occur.
Direct download: BONUS_-__Getting_Started_Is_Hard_But_Not_Impossible.mp3
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Fri, 21 August 2015
My guest today, on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who like so many of my guests started on the path to his current success, due to a lack of satisfaction with his situation.
His whole life seems to me to have been built upon hustle, more than personal talents.
He started his adult hustle by commissioning into the US Navy, where he decided to go after the dream of being a nuclear engineer and struggled more than he thought possible, though still achieving his aim and grabbing the dream.
But there is a famous quote which states "Sometimes on the way to a dream you get lost and find a better one" and this certainly seems to be case here.
As whilst he was in the Navy, he realised that he wasn't going to see his family, was missing out on key events that he should have been experiencing, and just felt disconnected.
Now, as we will discuss on the show he has come full circle, and through developing online strategies, learning SEO and the wonderful world of Amazon, it looks like he has now found the true dream.
The dream that he didn't realise at the beginning was the right one for him.
So when he was in the Navy, did he enjoy much of it, or none of it?
And do the dots in his life join up like we see time and time again, or have they started much later in life?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Dave Chesson
Wed, 19 August 2015
If you have listened to todays bonus episode you will have heard the host David Ralph talk about how he has changed his life by investing heavily in areas that he lacked.
Back on episode 400, he released a Bonus episode talking about how he was struggling to achieve the goal on a few things that he was working on.
He had the dream, but couldn't quite bring it to the finishing line.
So he had a decision to make.
Should he consider his actions to be a failure or should he look to improve the areas where he was lacking?
Well he spent $10,000 dollars on hiring coaches that he believed would share with him their areas of expertise, and whooshhhh!
He has joined up his dots and found the answers to the problems that he was dealing with.
And now he wants to share this with you all.
Therefore he has opened the doors on Podcasters Mastery and his group Mastermind Dream Starters Academy for one hundred people only and is now ready to rock.
So if you are interested in starting your own business, living the dream-life, and sacking your boss then there is no better time to join up with us.
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Wed, 19 August 2015
My interview today on the Join Up Dots free business podcast is a lovely lady who was kind enough to allow me to spend time with her on her own show Freedom Academies.....Turbo Charge Your Success.
Now during our conversation it was clear to me that this was a lady that I needed to get on Join Up Dots, as she has a story that shows all the characteristics that we find in the succesfull.
She has motivation.
She has hustle
And alongside her business partner Laura West, a few years ago found themselves homeless
The business they ran together was going south and they were exhausted.
They had no option at all but to move into two rooms in the office.
They had a problem that most business owners have at one time or another.
They were very good at that they did, but nobody knew about it.
Thye couldnt get their talents out into the world.
They started researching business growth systems, high performance ‘gurus’, wealth creation experts and all the investment strategies they could get there hands on.
Within twelve months they had a property portfolio worth over $2,000,000 that they had bought with others people’s money. More importantly the income from that property was double the income from their business that they had spent years building up!
They also applied all the business knowledge they had gained, transformed their business and went on to sell it!
They did all of this while being homeless, using the leisure centre across the road to shower and working 80 hours per week.
They were at such a rock bottom that they had the ability to create huge freedom of choice in their lives.
So was it just that the dots joined up, the time became right for them to flourish?
Or was it more to do with the undertanding that upskilling your knowledge is the way to go.
Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only property entrepreneur Kemi Egan
Mon, 17 August 2015
My guest on todays episode of the Join Up Dots free podcast interview, is a lady who wont let things in life get in the way of what she wants to achieve.
She is an amazing woman who overcame a near fatal car accident, chose to remove her left arm, became the US National Champion in the Paralympics, competed in the World Championships in New Zealand, and is now a brand-new mother.
That's not a bad start for any introduction.
But the key thing to this story, and is what we will delve into in great depth, is how most of the things may not occurred, if she hadn't realised that mentally she was holding herself back from what she could achieve.
As she says "I was in a car accident 17 years ago. So I had to always wear this sling and didn't have any motivation to move forward. My arm was paralyzed, a brachial plexus injury,"
She was intrigued and stimulated by here friends stories of running marathons, so set off to achieve the goal herself.
But the whole experience was one of pain and distress, as her paralyzed arm pulled down the entire left side of her body, causing knee pain and even whiplash.
It was like running with an anchor attached.
She began to realize that her paralyzed arm not only weighed her down physically, it was a metaphor for all that was holding her back from living life fully.
The anchor was weighing her down.
Keeping her in one position, and stopping her moving towards the future she craved.
So she realised that removing the arm, was going to be her saviour.
Cutting the ties with the past could very well be the best thing that she could do.
So she started considering amputation.
"I wasn't there before, I think, emotionally" she says "I knew it was going to be different. The outward appearance is very shocking (to people); it's different now. I used to be asked all the time, 'What happened to your arm?' when it was in a sling,"
Making the decision to undergo such a major surgery proved difficult, even though she knew intellectually it was the right choice.
Her solution? Set a series of athletic goals that would only be possible after the surgery.
Make the surgery the first step to achieving what she wants in life, and wow hasn't she done just that!
So, has the whole process been one that going back in time she would have done earlier?
And does she see that the power of the mind, truly outweighs the capabilities of the physical body?
Well lets find out, as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Tisa Cawthon
Fri, 14 August 2015
Today's guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast interview is Alison Pena, a lady who ever since she was 15 years old has been fascinated with how money and affluence has so much to do with our view of what’s possible.
In her own words she says "My dad was a 3rd generation Wall Street investment banker. My great-grandfather was one of White Weld & Co's founders. We lived in an apartment on Park Avenue. The family firm was sold to Merrill Lynch in 1978.
We regularly hosted influential financial and world leaders for dinner parties and social gatherings. I attended a well-heeled private all girls’ school, as you do when you’re part of that world.
But when I was 15, I began regularly leaving my white, wealthy, privileged world… and setting off on what can only be described of as “expeditions.”
Back then, it meant heading north of 96th Street (the northernmost boundary of my known world) into Harlem.
Until that point, my world was Park Avenue and bankers, Latin and piano lessons, nannies and au pairs.
And then I started making friends who showed me a whole other world.
I came from a world where anything was possible, because there was plenty of money. I could have any career. I could go to any school. I could shape my life into whatever I chose.
In contrast, my friends had different expectations. Different obligations. Different ideas about security. Different opportunities.
And a lot of that had to do with money.
This observation got me wondering… Why does money have so much to do with our view of what’s possible?
So I suppose the question is, does money have as much to do with confidence and mindset, or is it just a tool for making ideas happen?
Is it the key to attracting more money into our lives, not because of it directly, but because we can make things happen and go after it?
Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs with the one and only Alison Pena
Wed, 12 August 2015
Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots free business podcast interview, is a guy that has an amazing and slightly strange route to where he is today.
If you were setting off on a path, to become an author, clinical psychologist, popular speaker and blogger for Huffington Post would you say to yourself "Right I need to travel to Nepal and India to learn from Buddhist Monks in the Himalayas, oh yeah, and I must seek guidance from Big Bird, and Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street."
Probably not, but our guest has, and now from his practice in downtown Manhattan, shares his proven strategies to take action.
He believes that we are all meant to create.
And he teaches people to discover their true selves, what they really need out of life – and how to make it happen.
He provides them with a practical plan to find the right path for them, face what’s holding them back, and break through the illusions that have been keeping them from living a life of possibilities.
And that word illusion is the key thing.
Why do we constantly create these illusions that make us think that things have to be in a certain way?
Why do we not think "Ok Sesame Street is the way to go" as every journey is full of experiences that can help us find our true path, if we only look hard enough.
Well lets find out as we bring on to the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Dr Ben Michaelis.
Mon, 10 August 2015
Podcast 410: J Massey: A Career Built Around The Pursuit Of Happiness & Financial Education For Others
Todays guest joining us on Join Up Dots is one of those true Amerian success stories.
The ones that you see in films and think "Really, is that possible"
Well as you will hear in todays show, it is possible to go from almost rock-bottom to astonishing success within six years.
All done by mainly changing his mind-set and going for gold everyday of his life.
Through a series of life altering events, including the serious illness of his then pregnant wife, an accident that left him with a punctured lung that excluded him from being able to
work, and even losing and squatting in their foreclosed family home, our guest learned quickly that he had to change his mindset if he wanted to survive and thrive.
He immediately took action, immersing himself into intensive real estate investor training.
He hasn't looked back and has built a booming investing business, using very little of his own cash or credit.
He now owns an impressive portfolio that includes over 300 units of residential and commercial properties as well as private notes and mortgages.
And I guess he is a lot happier than he could possibly hope to be too?
So is it a simple as changing your mind-set?
Is it as simple as taking consistent action everyday?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr J Massey
Sat, 8 August 2015
In this episode of Join Up Dots your host David Ralph considers the big question that Steve Jobs would ask himself everyday.
" If this was the last day I had on earth, would I want to be doing what I am doing today?"
How many of us can say that we would always answer a "Yes"?
But David believes there is a way to bridge that gap between the life we have and the life we want.
Let's see if any of you are willing to take on the exercise he offers and make big changes in your life?
Fri, 7 August 2015
Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the Join Up Dots free business podcast interview, is a lady who seems to be able to turn her hand at most things and make it successful.
Born in Belgrade, and raised in Paris, she came from a European family of entrepreneurs who believed hard work was the way to career success.
And certainly she has taken that mind-set but also added motivation linked to a vision to what she can achieve, even before the work starts.
From regional sales, to real estate, to public speaking, she is doing what she wants and in the way that she wants, but it wasn't always the case.
For many years her life was only going one way, and that wasn't the way she would have hoped.
As she says "By 2006, the lessons that I had learnt was that life was rough, that it was a struggle, and it made me believe that I should live like that. And on that year my dad passed away, I left my husband, and ended up feeling more and more depressed. There was nothing inspiring in my life at all.
No money, no love, alone in the middle of nowhere having to pay for a house I hated. I was drinking and smoking and tired of living. One day, I seriously considered suicide. My life had been a success of painful circumstance. I had the feeling that all the shit possible was happening to me.
But I didn't know about how to kill myself.
Also, I didn't know about self development, and tools to improve your life. She was trapped
But then when she felt that her life couldn't get any worse, she heard a knock at her door. Opening it her life changed forever.
It lead her to a lifestyle of freedom that could only present itself to the person that was most ready to receive it.
So what occurred on that day she opened that door to two complete strangers?
And was she ready for the message they would present to her?
Well it seems to me that she was and now, after over 25 books written, some translated in 3 languages, 3 best sellers, a thriving international coaching business and developing attractitude-kids, she understands how much everything made sense.
So lets bring onto the show, to start joining up dots, with the one and only super lifecoach, entrepreneur and author Slavica Bogdanov.
Wed, 5 August 2015
Todays guest is a musical one, who is striving to get to the top of his chosen career.
And it certainly seems that at the moment, the hustle, the talent, the perseverance, and the passion are doing just that, and he is building a momentum that is getting him noticed in the country music world.
With the release of his debut album, It’s All Country, in early 2012, (and its re-release in 2013) he has showcased his signature sound, which he cultivated from years of touring camps, churches and conferences across the US.
Even playing in an airport once, to impress a pretty girl for one of the band members, he has blended the traditional influences from country music’s past, like the Gatlin Brothers and Kenny Rogers, with modern contemporaries like Toby Keith and Trace Adkins.
He has created an original, honest and authentic sound all his own.
Which is a key point to todays discussion.
With so many influences smashing into us everyday, how do your separate and become yourself, and not become a pale imitation of someone already out there?
An ordained pastor, he served at the Cowboy Church of Anchorage, Alaska, but now has moved to the spiritual home of his style of Music, Nashville Tennessee, where if the idea of the quickest way to success is to surround yourself with other like minded people is true, was the perfect decision to make.
So when did he decide that he wanted to make a go at a career which has beaten so many people in the past?
And was uprooting his family and bringing them across America to pursuit his dream, an easy or hard decision to make?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Doug Briney.
Mon, 3 August 2015
My guest entrepreneur on todays episode of the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who like a select band of guests have decided to return again and join up more dots.
Yes, back on episode 37 of Join Up Dots, when the show was just a baby, and I was finding my feet, he came on the show with his business partner of the time Mark Sieverkropp.
And wasnt I glad that he said yes, as in the first show we discussed how they were building the online career advice platform Happen To Your Career, and in that discussion spoke about the hustle, early mornings, and desire that it takes to bootstrap something and take it out to the world.
Happen To Your Career, is a place that is built with the owners desire, and passions being its idea avatar.
You can see that the concept would have been something that our guest would have been looking for, so he created it himself.
As he says "I have always had an unusual outlook on careers. My wife Alyssa, who I met in high school, knows this to be true. I have left what others considered “good jobs” turned down job offers other people would love and any time I have wanted to make more income have simply figured out a plan and acted upon it. I have to be doing something I am excited about to be happy. Having had 8 positions in the last 10 years (including successfully self employed) has caused me to have many experiences in a short period of time."
I have owned a successful business in contracting, led others as a people and human resources professional, coached business owners and leaders to success, and helped many people develop their careers along the way. I have worked a variety of industries including: manufacturing, retail, government, food, construction and more. Everywhere I went I saw people struggling to figure out what they want to do and how to get there."
So has he got there himself. Is the platform he created truly what he wants, or is it still work in development?
Like most things created by a desire to help the world will it ever be truly realised?
Well lets find, as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only career expert Mr Scott Barlow.
Sat, 1 August 2015
There is no doubt that among the history books holding the names of rock legends, the name of David Bowie is up there with the best of them.
A man who doesn't just play the game by his own rules, but created the game itself and then ripped up the rules too.
He took on the prescribed format of musical output in the early seventies and almost single handedly changed it forever.
In this Bowie inspired Join Up Dots biography we take a look at how this unassuming man, born David Robert Jones in Brixton, South London on January 8th 1947, could at first struggle so badly to ignite the flame of success.
Mimicking the stars of the day, and stars of yesterday, unable to find his real voice, until stumbling on the very thing that would make him who he is today
And that thing was changes, the ability to reinvent himself, and freshen his sound, image and outlook at will, keeping all of us guessing as to his next move for the next forty years.
David's start in life was about as normal as a child growing up in the United Kingdom in the 50's could have expected to live.
His mother, Margaret Mary worked as a waitress, while his father, Haywood Stenton Jones, from Yorkshire, was a promotions officer for Barnardo's a children charity.
Bowie attended Stockwell Infants School until he was six years old, where teachers considered him as a gifted and single-minded child, although not with obvious musical genius, and a singing voice only classed as adequate.
When David Bowie was a small child he was fascinated by music, and loved nothing more than tuning into the radio stations of the day to hear the scratchy sounds from some distant DJ in a basement far far away like so many other children.
But it was when he was thirteen, and encouraged by his older brother Terry, he picked up a saxophone and started making his own sounds that things started becoming more than a hobby.
Terry was nine years older, and inspired and influenced the young David greatly, as most older brothers do, exposing him to literature, rock music and the kind of influences that a thirteen year old child growing up in South London would have been unlikely to discover on their own.
David at first tried to teach himself the saxophone, but struggled with it, so made the bold decision to phone the top British saxophonist Ronnie Ross, who he had seen play in the West End of London, and asked for lessons.
Ronnie charged David £2.00 per lesson, which was more than this soon to be wealthy practicing rock star could hope to afford.
But this wouldn't deter, young Davy Jones, and he got himself a job as a butcher's delivery boy to ensure that he had the cash to allow the fortnightly lessons to occur.
Unfortunately, although a major part of setting the fledgling rock star on his way to super stardom, with his encouragement and support, David's brother Terry was not to be in his day to day life for long.
Suffering with his own personal demons, the family had Terry committed to an institution fearing for his safety.David Bowie Young Man
This no doubt had a huge impact on the young David Bowie, and although good in its intention haunted David for a good deal of his life, even becoming the topic of his song “Jump They Say” after Terry's suicide many years later.
At the age of sixteen, David Bowie graduated from the technical high school he had attended in Bromley, only memorable for a fight he had with a school friend that left him with eyes different in colour to one another, and got his first job a commercial artist.
He joined as a Junior Visualiser /Paste up Artist for the Yorkshire based company Neven D Hirst.
This is a fascinating move for David to make, as although he was still playing for bands, and striving to break into music business in the evening, he still followed the path that most of us follow.
He left school and set about getting a job.
Is there anyway that we can break from the path that has been trod for generations before us? Even if we have greatness desperate to burst out from inside us?.
Probably not, but as we see time and time again on Join Up Dots, the ability to keep on pushing against the rules of conformity is what allows the great to become great.
Stopping ourselves from following the crowd, that leave school and enter the offices of the world just because they haven't stopped to question why?
Well David, did just that and after only five months, knew in his heart of hearts that he had to take control of his life, if his dreams of working as a musician were to come true.
The bands he had performed with every night had cemented the belief that he had what it took, not necessarily to achieve the dizzying heights that he later achieved, but at least earning money doing what he loved.
Interestingly, crossing his path in these early days was another musician who would also go on to place his name indelibly in the record books, one Jimmy Page the guitarist of David Bowie's band the Manish Boys.
Jimmy Paige of course become a global success with one of the most famous rock bands of all time Led Zeppelin.
Several singles were recorded and released during this period, but none could have been classed as anything but a learning curve. Allowing the young Bowie to experience a recording studio for the first time and hear his own voice played back to him.
Other than working with Jimmy Paige, the only dot on the Join Up Dots timelines that helps us to see the man that he later became, was when when he made the decision to change his name from Davy Jones, and replace his surname with the now recognizable Bowie, after the knife.
Davy Jones from the Monkees was riding the crest of the wave, with hits such as “Last Train To Clarksville”, and “Daydream Believer”, and David felt that this could be confusing to the record buying public, and ultimately could hold him back.
Did this make a huge difference, who can tell, but it was better than one of his other choices he made: Tom Jones.
It was certainly the first indication of the chameleon like character that has since gone on to characterize so much of his later work.
After recording, and performing with the bands, Bowie made the decision to go solo, and pursue a career on his own terms. He recorded his first solo album, which sunk without trace.
This was a crushing blow for David Bowie, and instead of working harder on the content he was intent to keep delivering to the world, the musician did something quite unexpected...but quite David Bowie like.
He decided to take a break from the music world, and headed to Scotland where for a period in 1967 he lived in a Buddhist monastery along with American musician Leonard Cohen.
As he says “"I was a terribly earnest Buddhist at the time I had stayed in their monastery and was going through all their exams, and yet I had this feeling that it wasn't right for me. I suddenly realised how close it all was: another month and my head would have been shaved."
So David left, and then even more bizarrely joined a group of mime artists, even starting his own group called Feathers.
Although this from the outside seems unusual, as we see on Join Up Dots everyday, a person has to try things that may not seem part of the master plan, to ultimately lead them to where they should be in life.
It is during these times, when it may seem haphazard and wasteful that most people absorb different ways of operating. Discovering skills within themselves, that they can utilise later in positions not remotely visible at that time.
And that is the case with David Bowie, as the added spirituality and theatricality become more evident in his work, as was displayed in his own classic song “Space Oddity” about a spaceman floating around about the earth.
Thanks to the BBC’s use of the song for their coverage of the US Moon landing in 1969, David Bowie had his first hit record. With the song hitting the charts on both sides of the Atlantic.
What is extremely interesting is the state of mind of David Bowie at the time of writing. The words clearly show an individual lost, and forlorn about the future. No surprise after the failures of his previous musical efforts.
"Planet earth is blue and there's nothing I can do" - shows the realization that there's nothing he can do about all of the problems he sees in the world.
"Can you hear me Major Tom? Can you hear me Major Tom? - He's lost communication with those on the ground (i.e. in reality).
David Bowie showed a window to his soul. He was not part of his previous life of domesticity in Bromley, and was neither part of the rock star lifestyle that he so craved.
Bowie was floating out in Space, on his own.
Slowly getting ready for the true moment that David Bowie blasted into our consciousness, and the televisions and radios across the world.
In 1973, the career that had stuttered and faltered for the last four years, exploded dramatically into life, as from that position floating above the world David returned to earth.
This time not as himself, but the androgynous alien Ziggy Stardust.
It signaled the start of the David Bowie fascination.
Where was the man, and where was the music?
Could one exist without the other?
Was the high camp fashion that he displayed on stage the true mark of David Bowie, or a curtain to hide behind, whilst the crowds surged, screamed and fainted in front him.
This was glam-rock at its peak, and quite literally anyone around at that time would be compared to the strutting, preening and bi-sexual pre-madonna that was 1973’s incarnation of David Bowie.
Even megastars such as T-Rex’s Marc Bolan, the flamboyant pianist from Middlesex Elton John, and the upwardly climbing Freddie Mercury were nothing, compared to what the world was witnessing with his classic “Starman” and “Ziggy Stardust”
David Bowie was no longer floating high above the world on his own.
To the teenagers and music buying public, he was the world, and with his backing band The Spiders Of Mars, the world waited with baited breath to see what they would deliver next.
And David Bowie delivered...but once again not in the way most expected, or wished for.ziggy-and-the-spiders
Instead of setting off on a world-tour, and crushing the charts with new albums and singles, he announced that he was retiring from touring and that Ziggy Stardust and of course the Spiders were no more.
As he announced whilst on stage “Of all the shows on the tour, this one will stay with us the longest because not only is this the last show of the tour, but it is the last show we will ever do.” This surprised everyone in the house – not least the members of his band. The hysteria was over almost as soon as it had started.
Which looking back, was an amazingly brave decision to make, but one that showed that David Bowie was in control, and knew what was right for his career.
Instead of saying “this is what you want, so this is what you'll get”, he quite firmly, and with huge confidence stated “You will get what I want, and when I want to give it to you!”
This in no short measure ensured that the mystic that has grown up around David Bowie was started off in the perfect manner.
He was not going to give an inch. And we are no doubt glad that he took that stance, as his music was becoming more creative and experimental because of it. He had created the freedom to explore what he was capable off.
And so began his personal odyssey from country to country, city to city, playing and recording with such eclectic names as John Lennon, Brian Eno from Roxy Music and even Luther Vandross,
It was whilst in New York jamming with John Lennon that the riff which became the iconic Fame was first heard, and led to David Bowie's first American number one.
And his later move to Berlin in Germany, harnessed even greater creative imagery and unexpected musical releases with the classic stripped back “Low” and the Eno produced “Heroes”, made whilst he lived in semi seclusion, painting, studying art and recording with Brian Eno.
"Heroes" was marketed by RCA with the catchphrase, "There's Old Wave. There's New Wave. And there's David Bowie..." which is very apt, and something that Bowie would have done well to remember in later years.
It is true that Bowie likes nothing more than going in quite different directions than what the world expects.
Throughout his career he has explored the world of acting from his early roles in “The Man Who Fell To Earth”, through to “Absolute Beginners And “Labyrinth” where he acted beside a series of Jim “The Muppet” Henson’s creations, and even a three month run in the Elephant Man on Broadway.
None of the roles or performances would be classed as landmarks in his career. In fact many would argue they were just a distraction to where he should have been placing his attention. On his music. The creativity being focused on areas of interest to David, more to his loyal followers.
What becomes a truth with David Bowie, is when he appears to move towards the obvious routes to success, he becomes a pale inferior version of himself.
Following the global success of the Nile Rodgers produced album “Lets Dance” in 1983, he appeared influenced by the Music of the time. And one thing for sure being in Duran Duran is never going to inspire the same level of performance as working the bars, and studying the architecture in Berlin or other such locations.
David Bowie needs to be off the radar, to be truly authentic.
He needs to be tapping into the yet to be seen musical movements, instead of being the leader of the popular and current ones.
And so for the next few years David Bowie produced work that was neither memorable nor commercially successful in the same way as his earlier successes.
He was falling further behind the crowd, and lost between the teenagers now grown up who adored him in the seventies, and the 80’s versions focused on Wham, Duran, and Rick Astley.
Throughout the next ten years, Bowie's musical career was in decline, with the albums Tin machine and Tin Machine II being commercial and public failures.
David Bowie was finished.
He had achieved everything that the 13 year old saxophone learning kid could have ever dreamed off and more. He had inspired the world to believe. He had created a new generation of musicians who studied his back catalogue with a religious fervor.
He disappeared. Retreating from the limelight, he closed the door on his New York apartment and became David Jones again. Father, husband, music legend, and enjoying retirement.
For over ten years, other than a few sightings David Bowie was invisible to the world.
We had the memories of past glories and nothing else.
But as we have seen throughout the years, Bowie returns stronger when on his own terms. When he is in control to what the world will receive. That is when he delivers, and in 2013 after ten years in the wilderness “The Next Day” David Bowie's 24th album shook the world.
The Spaceman, the Clown, The Alien, The Smooth Groover, the enigma that is David Bowie was back where he belongs. In the ears, and stereos of the world. Saying things the way that only David Bowie can.
A musician, a mystery, a creative, a leader, a decision maker, a controller, David Bowie has learnt through all the trials and tribulations, the ups and downs what leads to success. And that quite simply is being himself.
A lesson that for so many of us is the hardest one to learn.
Fri, 31 July 2015
Welcome to a bonus episode of Join Up Dots, where your host David Ralph talks from the heart about allowing yourself to be you.
Why is it at the very beginning of our venture to a new world, we try to do it with our hand tied behind our backs?
We make it so much more difficult by not allowing ourselves to use the talents that life has given us to the full!
Tip Toeing around picking up the scraps that people throw in our direction.
Shouldn't we be blazing big to give ourselves the best chance to be noticed?
Shouldn't we be taking a close look at the things that we do amazingly well, that others are in total awe off?
In this episode David Ralph asks you all to do a simple exercise and report back on the talents that you are hiding away instead of blasting out into the world.
He asks you to take a close look at two aspects of your life.
Number One: What is the thing that you loved doing more than anything on earth?
Number Two: Where do you feel the most comfortable working, performing or using your gifts?
By looking at both of these key areas, you will gain a clearer understanding of where you should be focusing your energies.
You will gain a huge head start on others who play the small game when beginning their jounrye to the life of their dreams.
Blaze big people!
And as Katy Perry says
"You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine
Fri, 31 July 2015
Todays guest joining us on the show contacted me to say "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 here she is.
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.
But upon the arrival of her daughter, and the realisation that when she was being with her daughter, the income production stopped that the dots had joined up.
She had found what she needed to do in life.
She knew that she had not built in the right systems to automate her businesses.
She understood that in order to enjoy true freedom she needed to create passive income streams.
She now runs a book publishing company called Awesome Life Resources and also helps people to get their books published through her new service called Publish My Book Today.
The purpose of the website is to share all the tools and strategies that have helped her improve the quality of her life, which I’m sure is what we all want.
So does she look back at the things that didn't quite work, and see that she couldn't get to where she is today without them?
And has there never been a better time for the world to take control of their own life's, and have control of their time?
Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Jyotsna Ramachandran.
Wed, 29 July 2015
Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview, is Dov Baron an Elite Mind Strategist specializing in the Psychology of High Performance Leadership.
He serves as a mentor and adviser to corporate, creative and personal leaders.
His company Baron Mastery Institute is the only resource for training tomorrow’s leaders in the implementation of “The C.O.R.E Affluence System for Leadership”.
Being born in the UK in the late 1950’s, even as a child he became fascinated with the undercurrent of human psyche.
By the time he was twenty-one he had left his home country to travel and study many spiritual philosophies under a variety of spiritual masters.
In June 1990 while free climbing in British Columbia, at approximately 120 feet, he reached for a rock that dislodged a bigger rock.
This rock hit him in the face and sent him hurling onto the jagged rocks below.
It was a tragic moment, a moment that might have ended his life, and in fact, in some ways it did.
Now he describes that moment like this, “On that day I fell 120 feet from a self-imposed pedestal and landed on my ego.”
It was the end of the person he had been and in many ways the birth of “The Accidental Guru.”
I love this story, even before we have started the show, as it proves that there is no right time to start something, other than now.
It’s you that makes the decision to embrace your true self, and not the version of yourself that is being shown to the world.
You can become the entrepreneur that you want and build a business the delivers huge career success.
And our guest is doing just that and with the motivation to produce total inspiration through his books, coaching, and leadership blog he is doing just that.
So what was the person like before the accident, and does he look back with fondness or frustration as to the path he was on?
And is this mission one that he feels led to do, almost a mission bigger than himself?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show, to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr career success baron.....the entrepeneur himself Dov Baron
Mon, 27 July 2015
Todays guest, joining us the Join Up Dots podcast interview is Dr Tom Preston, a man who has a mission in life.
He wants to inspire the world to design their life, and go for the big dreams by asking themselves some huge and deep questions.
He was asked by his coach to ask himself "When Is Enough Enough?" and after struggling with answering that question the penny dropped.
He needed to define what success meant to him.
He needed to define the life he truly wanted.
And it certainly worked as he is now a highly acclaimed public speaker, life & business coach, chiropractic consultant, and advisor who helps unlock the potential and authenticity of his clients, readers, and listeners.
His customized approach of unifying professional goals with personal talents has helped countless people discover the success they want to achieve.
He truly believes everyone has the power to find fulfilment in their lives, bringing them closer to their dreams and providing the necessary mechanics to allow them to hold on to those dreams.
So is this the missing part that so many people fail to spend time on? We don't ask "When is enough?"
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Dr Tom Preston.
Fri, 24 July 2015
Todays gentleman joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is Mr Aaron Walker, the host of The View From The Top podcast, and a man who from his home in Nashville USA, shows the world how you set goals, and create the life you want.
He is a firm believer that the initial "Yes, I am going to take control of my own destiny and wow the world" can only last so long, before realism sets in.
When those early mornings when you were bouncing out bed to grab your future, start seeming to be an insurmountable effort.
And the whimsical flights of fancy that crash into your brain at warp speed and are instantly classed as the worlds greatest idea, start to dry up.
You see he works with his clients to live life on purpose, ensuring that the initial dreams are giving every chance of developing, if it means sacrificing something else that is i your life.
And after starting his first business at 18, and then buying and selling eight more companies over the last 40 years, he knows what it takes to bring action into your daily routine.
And believe me these were the kind of business that you may already be thing this guy had developed, from loan companies, to jewelers and diamond exchanges, to construction he has tackled the challenges head on.
So was he always someone that knew that the way to true fulfillment in his life was creating his economy right from the start?
And does he see that most people could make things a lot easier for themselves if they only knew completely what it was that they truly desired?
Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs with the one and only Aaron Walker
To listen more to Aaron Walker go to:
Podcast The View From The Top
By Aaron Walker has been a successful entrepreneur for over 30 years and a top guest on Entrepreneur on Fire with John Lee Dumas, Smart Passive Income with Pat Flynn, and The Art of Charm with Jordan Harbinger.
The View from the Top podcast is a world-class podcast created for men interested in living a life of success and significance. In this weekly podcast, host Daniel Bauer interviews men in the Iron Sharpens Iron Masterminds facilitated by Aaron Walker. Guests share what entrepreneurial insights and success stories from working in a mastermind. This show is for men interested in being successful businessmen, intentional husbands, and better friends. Men should come here regularly for inspiration and to get to the amazing guys at The View from the Top. Each episode is 20-30 minutes perfect for your commute, workout, and making your chores at home more enjoyable! Aaron Walker has been in a mastermind with Dave Ramsey, Dan Miller, and Ken Abraham for more than a decade and now he wants to share what he has learned with you, the listener.
Wed, 22 July 2015
The Race To The White House (The Challenge For Freedom) is occurring to help you all feel that you can do the impossible.
Please watch, listen and share as many times as you feel that my actions can be supported by your own. Thanks!!!
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Do you feel that you can do the impossible?
Do you look at others and think they have all the breaks?
Well, David Ralph the host of Join Up Dots online podcast, after 400 shows has come to the conclusion that all of us can go after the dream and get the life we want.
Its down to four things intent, action, belief and the support of others. In this video he shares his dream to change the way we all think by attempting with nothing more than desire to do the unthinkable.
He will travel across the Atlantic with his family to the White House to have a photo with President Obama.
He will do this purely on the strength of his belief, something that we can all develop.
So support his desire to change the world, and share this video with everyone you can.
Tell the world about Join Up Dots and tweet your support to the world.
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Wed, 22 July 2015
My guest today, on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview, is a man who has learnt throughout his life that simplicity is the key.
Breaking information down to be transferred from one person to another in the shortest possible route, is the way to success and fulfilment for both parties.
He knows how to make customers rabid fans of his work, by removing the questions that stop a sale.
Being born in Mumbai, India (formerly known as Bombay), he lived there for about 30 years, until deciding that he didn't have enough sheep in his life.
Who doesn't get to that point I ask you?
So he found his spiritual home by moving to New Zealand with its 4 million people and 44 million sheep.
Could there be a better place to develop his business and raise the baa??
And that business started 15+ years ago, fresh out of college with a degree in accounting (of all things) he joined an advertising agency called Leo Burnett. Which had a life changing effect on the young man.
Times were not good in the advertising world, and even though work was hard to come by the now deceased Leo Burnetts integrity shone through.
He learnt that there is a right way and wrong way to business, and took that with him, as then moving unusually from copywriting to cartoons.
The opportunity of working with one of the best advertising agencies in the world took him on the heady road of copywriting, writing TV commercials (learning how to do them in 5 seconds), graphic design, cartoons and web design.
Which once again, the underlying synchronicity was the constant search to find ways to communicate in the simplest, most effective manner.
Write text that is absorbed easily. And build conversations never forgotten.
And now with multiple online platforms teaching this ideal, he is loving life and perhaps getting to spend quality time with a sheep or two as well
So how did he take this ideal, and expand it into an income producing machine?
And does he see that the thing that stops so many people out there, is there desire for perfection against one of simplicity?
Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs with the one and only Mr Sean D'Souza
To hear more from Sean D'Souza go to:
Podcast: The Three Month Vacation Podcast: Online Small Business|Marketing Strategy Plan| Sean D'Souza | Psychotactics By Sean D'Souza
Description: Sean D'Souza made two vows when he started up Psychotactics back in 2002. The first was that he'd always get paid in advance and the second was that work wouldn't control his life. He decided to take three months off every year. But how do you take three months off, without affecting your business and profits? Do you buy into the myth of "outsourcing everything and working just a few hours a week?" Not really. Instead, you structure your business in a way that enables you to work hard and then take three months off every single year. And Sean walks his talk. Since 2004, he's taken three months off every year (except in 2005, when there was a medical emergency). This podcast isn't about the easy life. It's not some magic trick about working less. Instead with this podcast you learn how to really enjoy your work, enjoy your vacation time and yes, get paid in advance.
Mon, 20 July 2015
Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who has a huge mission in her life.
And as we see all the time, when someone has a mission in their lives, they start influencing more and more people across the world to buy into that mission too.
And that is certainly the case with todays guest, who is co-founder of Black Girls Run, a grassroots organization that encourages and inspires African-American women to live a healthy lifestyle.
While currently serving at the helm of Black Girls RUN!, she is also a freelancer writer for Zelle (a Runner’s World publication) and a blog ambassador for Brooks Running.
She has been named one of the “30 Black Bloggers You Should Know” by The Root, Essence Magazine’s and recently received Toyota’s Standing O-Vation Award presented at Oprah’s 2014 “The Life You Want” Weekend in Atlanta.
But if you think this lady has all the time in the world to get these recognitions then think again, as most of this began when she was still a fulltime employee.
She had the hustle muscle, and was willing to put in the out of hours effort that was required to get to where she is today.
So with a manta of “Do What You Love. Love What You Do.” does she find that the majority of people go "Yes, that's what I want" and then do nothing about making that happen at all?
And does she see what she has built so far just being the tip of the iceberg. and the true vision of what it can become is starting to truly reveal itself?
Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs in todays free podcast, with the one and only Toni Carey
Fri, 17 July 2015
What happens when your efforts don't seem to be coming together like you hoped?
What happens when your energy levels get to a level when you think you can't go on?
Well in this episode David Ralph shares with you how he is pushing through these issues on a daily basis.
This is a brutally honest episode which perhaps shouldnt have been released, but hey it is now.
Let us know what you think about his words?
Should he have held back on this content?
Tweet us at @joinupdot and tell us what you thought.
Fri, 17 July 2015
Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview, is a globally recognized expert on how companies can navigate and profit from humanity’s biggest challenges.
What this means, is instead of going to work, and then coming home and focusing our efforts on being "green" and arranging our household activities on being green and protecting the planet, he says "why don't we do it all the time?"
Why can companies do the same as we do personally, and focus their efforts on operating in a green way too.
His views on strategy have been sought after by many of the world’s leading companies, including Boeing, HP, J&J, Kimberly-Clark, PepsiCo, PwC, and Unilever.
His first book, Green to Gold, was the topselling green business title of the last decade and was included in many all-time lists of 30 books that every manager should own.
He is an author, Ted talk veteran, businessman and of course recognised expert across the world on this subject.
So where did this realisation that companies can actually find a way to profit from being green, and the excesses of the past are not the way to go forward with an increasing profit sheet?
And does he find his message, is getting easy to pass on nowadays, or is it still an up hill path that he is walking?
Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs in todays free podcast, with the one and only Andrew Winston
Thu, 16 July 2015
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Wed, 15 July 2015
Todays guest joining us on the top rated Join Up Dots free podcast interview, is a man with a fascinating tale joining up many dots to where he is today.
Spending the first nine years of his career like Maverick in Top Gun, he felt the need the need for speed, as an Air Force Pilot, before entering the corporate world to work for Abbott Laboratories and then Valassis.
And he was on top form working for both companies, and was recognised as a top performer.
Which is of course great, but underneath lurking in his passions and dreams, was a desire to go out on his own to start his own business.
The old leap of faith was beckoning, but like so many people across the world, he had the desire but not the direction.
He wanted to do his own thing, but was unsure what that thing was supposed to be.
And as we see time and time again on Join Up Dots, that path can reveal itself at anytime, and this was certainly the case with todays guest.
As fate would have it, a random conversation with a friend about the gum ball machines his family owned started it all off.
That one conversation sparked an intrigue and planted the seeds for what would eventually become his business School Spirit Vending.
But not before disappointment, frustration and the downturn in the economy in 2008 knocked his confidence for six.
And then a knock on the door happened at his home, and the path got clearer.
So what was it about that knock on the door, and the conversation that happened upon opening it,that really got the juices going?
And does he now look back and think, "Man, the clues were floating around me all the time, I just couldn't see them?"
Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs in todays Free podcast, with the one and only Matt Miller
Mon, 13 July 2015
Lets start with a question on todays episode of Join Up Dots.
And this is a fundamental question that can derail so many peoples dreams before they even start.
How do you become something that you want to be, if you have no history, or very little history in doing that thing?
How do you get to the point when other say….”oh you are so and so, I love your work!”
Well, I’ll give you some thinking time whilst you ponder this.
Well the answer is what todays guest did.
You simply start doing that thing, keep on doing it, and be consistent until you can say that you are that thing.
He wanted to be a writer, but was trapped with his daily life, family responsibilities and a myriad of other things.
So he made a decision to start writing and made the time.
And it didn’t matter if the time was unnatural and not conducive to developing his craft, he would write.
And now in a few short years is the author of The In-Between, Wrecked, You Are a Writer and now his latest work Art Of Work.
And as he says “I now spend my time writing books and trying to take over the Internet.”
So how did he overcome those same self-limiting thoughts that stop so many people in their tracks?
And is he proud of all his writing, or can he now see that the work has improved dramatically due to the constant effort, or the personal belief that comes with achievement?
Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs in todays Free podcast, with the one and only Jeff Goins.
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Sat, 11 July 2015
When we left the Steve Jobs story back on part three, Steve was at the lowest point of his life.
His big dream of creating the perfect computer Next was finished, and in an even crueler twist of fate, his other venture Pixar was in serious trouble too.
The lifeline that had been grabbed, when making the deal with Disney was slipping away from them.
Disney’s Katzenberg had seen what the company had created, and quite simply hated Woody, Buzz Lightyear and all the other characters which we now see as classics.
And together with the majority of Disney’s creative staff, he declared that the characters were unappealing jerks, the dialogues inappropriately cynical for a children’s movie (while he was the one who pushed for such characteristics early in development) and finished.
Pixar was back to making TV commercials just so it could survive — but it was obvious it would disappear if the work did not start again.
Steve had lost Apple, lost Next, and ploughed a huge amount of money into Pixar with no sign of a return from his investments.
But Woody and Buzz had other ideas. Its not often that you can say that someone's life was literally saved by some old toys, but this was going to be the case with Steve Jobs.
John Lasseter and other Pixar employees worked very hard at the script that Disney previously hated. They knew that they were in the last chance saloon, so round the clock developed improved character traits in the toys that worked to make them instant classics, and in February 1994, they turned out a new, improved version that won Jeffrey Katzenberg’s approval: production could resume.
Steve Jobs was not overwhelmed by this tiny success, and his desire to sell Pixar to outside investors never wavered. Even as late as the fall of 1994, Steve Jobs was actively pitching the company to anyone that he felt could help him regain his investment, even getting close to selling it to Apple's arch enemy Bill Gates.
Times were not good, but as many things turned out later for Steve, looking back and joining up his dots we can see clearly that it was a blessing that he failed to say goodby to the animation company.
In fact we could say that it was less of a blessing and more of an absolute saviour.
According to many people who with him at the time. The realisation that he had in fact tapped into something that was going to be far bigger than he or anyone could have realised came in New York central park in 1995.
There within the grass, trees, and open space of the big apples iconic recreational area, the movie studio had set up a gigantic tent with a movie screen showing previews of the two upcoming Disney films, Pocahontas, to be released in the summer, and Toy Story, for Thanksgiving 1995.
The watching audience in the tent loved what they were seeing, and watching their reaction more than the film Steve Jobs started to get back in action. The apathy that had seen him while away the hours with his daughter at home, was replaced by a vision of what might just be possible.
He realised, although it was true to say that he had kept his ideas firmly grasped to his chest, what he needed to do to get back on top and be seen as the earlier version of Steve Jobs once more.
The man who could do no wrong, with the midas touch to business.
But first he needed to see if the buzz around the two films could be translated into ticket sales.
Could the feeling of anticipation felt within the canvas tent be felt across the country, leading to seats being filled in cinemas across America and the world?
Well he didn't know, but he knew that he had things to do before he found out.
Steve Jobs started to get himself into position to maximize what could be achieved if the film was a hit. Getting more and more involved with the running of Pixars affairs, he made the bold move of removing Ed Catmull from his position as president and naming himself both president and CEO of Pixar
Not frightened by his previous recruitment fiascos, he also hired an outside CFO, Lawrence Levy, to give Pixar a respectable image to Wall Street. This would work wonders if he could force a move to take the company public. An idea that would have been laughed at just a few months earlier.
But now was a very different time, and PIXAR like a racehorse ready to explode from the gates and trounce the competition did just that.
When Toy Story finally came out on November 22, it wasn't just a hit, but it was a smash hit.
Audiences, across America flocked to see the Toy Buddy movie, and to say that Pixar and Disney were delighted was an understatement. It made $28 million in the Thanksgiving 3-day weekend alone, and eventually reached $160 million in US box-office receipts — an astonishing return for a production that cost just $27 million to get to market.
Steve Jobs had now got a successful company at the top of his resume once more.
And it is true in life, and certainly true in business, that success leads to success very quickly.
Most interested parties and investors only care about the recent track record, the hot streak that the incumbent could be seen travelling along at that moment.
Within a few weeks, Steve Jobs went from a tarnished ex-genius computer whizzkid, to seeing his face smiling confidently on the covers of business and industry magazines on every stand in America.
He was back, and in prime position, to create the largest and quickest influx of wealth he had ever experienced. Dwarfing the kind of financial figures he had enjoyed back in his highflying Apple days.
Back in the tent watching the movie pre-launch Steve Jobs had decided that he would take the company public. No one could see how this could have been possible with a failing company who hadn't made a profit in nine years, and instead had only see money go one way….the wrong way.
But Steve Jobs, felt strongly that he could ignore the naysayers, and meander his way through legal issues within the company that would stop this from occurring. He after all had a history of finding his way through the insurmountable difficulties that stop others in their tracks.
And this situation was no different.
He found the solution to the legal difficulties, and fair to say made more than a few enemies within the company in the process. His decision to focus the rewards on five individuals only, with himself taking the lion's share, alienated much of the company's loyal employees.
Most feeling that the company should recognise and reward their efforts to bring the film to a successful conclusion. Many threatened to leave upon hearing that new CFO Levy would find himself fantastically rewarded, when he had not done anything remotely significant in the short period he had been with PIXAR. This was a bitter pill to swallow.
But Steve Jobs didn't care a bit, and proved to the world that his vision was spot on, when on November 29th, one week after Toy Story was released, the company hit the stock exchange.
Such was the positive commentary about the film and the company, it was little surprise that the shares more than doubled from $22 to $49. It became the biggest IPO of the year. Steve Jobs had made it: he was now a billionaire, worth almost $1.5 billion.
He had made in one swoop ten times the money he had ever made at Apple in the early 1980s.
Steve Jobs was delighted, not just for himself, but he now had a company that had made $123 million, and wrote off all its debts in one go.
He was now in the driving seat once more.
And there is one thing certain about Steve Jobs, and that is his ability to gain momentum from a situation.
He went back to Disney, and instead of thanking them for their support, marketing and production experience, he re-negotiated the deal he had previously made.
Steve Jobs made it clear to them that unless a new contract was written, he would take his animation company to the other movie distributors once the three movie deal was concluded.
Disney could see what they had on their hands and agreed to every term Steve Jobs dicated.
The world was astonished.
They were not going to let the golden goose fly from their grasp.
Steve Jobs was on a roll and had a vision for himself that most certainly did not bear fruit.
To which we mean the company that he had started way back in the 70’s Apple was not on his radar at all.
He had moved on, and separated himself completely from his past. Reinventing himself within a totally new industry
However, we can also see that sometimes in a person's life there are things occurring behind the scenes that can pull them in a direction that they just couldn't have foreseen.
And within the walls of Apple, they had no direction, the company was in crisis and losing money hand over fist.
The Macintosh which still brought in the bulk of the companies profits was in steep decline.
The operating system that a couple of years previously had been seen to be state of the art and cutting edge was now cumbersome and inoperable.
The desires for faster and more sophisticated computers had seen their competitors namely Microsoft pull away to claim the lion share of the market and dominate the sales of home pcs
Apple was desperate to restore their product to its former glories, they worked around the clock to bring to market an operating system that would fit the bill.
Fast, cheap, efficient to build and able to cope with the demands of every consumer in the world at that time.
They struggled, and after delay upon delay realised, that they needed to pursue other avenues.
The word on the street was Apple were rotting from the inside out. They were unable to operate efficiently and sales were declining in such spectacular fashion that their days were numbered.
How could they quickly change the fortunes of the Macintosh?
How could they find the operating system that would bring the company back from the dead?
They needed to look to what the world was doing and seek collaboration.
They needed outside help if the company had any chance of survival.
And not even the board of Apple would have considered Steve Jobs to be the collaborator that they required, and certainly not even the most optimistic dreamer would have dared imagine that he not only be that person, but would also save the company in such astonishing fashion.
If you recall in the previous episode of the Steve jobs join up dots biographies. Steve had worked after leaving Apple on building the pinnacle of sophistication into the computer world with his Next computer company.
So perfect and advanced was the system that he built, that the world was quite simply not ready for it. It had been too advanced for the development costs to be able to be transferred to the buying public.
But that of course did not mean that the system was not still valuable to the world, and most importantly Apple computers.
Hearing about the company's problems, some NeXT employees made a very bold decision.
They would contact Apple and inform them that they had an answer to their problems on hand.
A system that was built, tested and now able to be built at a much cheaper cost than previously.
The world was ready for the vision of perfection that had cost Steve Jobs, his business and his reputation.
When Jobs heard that the phone call had been made, his jaw dropped.
He was stunned that the idea had occurred, and even more so that the idea had been placed in front of his own struggling former love..Apple.
In December 1996, Steve Jobs, for the first time in over a decade drove to the headquarters of Apple and stepped through its doors, and in his hand he held the future of Apple Computers. The very advanced NeXTSTEP, regarded as one of the best software platforms on the planet.
Steve Jobs said, envisioning the finally widespread use of NeXTSTEP, was a dream he had struggled ten years to realize but had always wished to occur. Justifying his efforts and perfectionism.
In short time he convinced the board that they should part with $400,000,000 for sole use of the NeXSTEP, with also 1.5 million Apple shares and the appointment as “informal adviser” to CEO Gil Amelio coming his way too.
Steve Jobs had remarkably, through a series of fortunate events involving a film company that he had tried to rid himself, and an operating system that nobody wanted, returned home.
No longer in the family garage, but this time at the re-birth of Apple.
It would not be long until he was no longer the informal advisor but instead be restored as the CEO of Apple.
We will see in the last episode of the Steve Jobs story how he placed himself in the midst of a company that had lost direction, lost market share, and lost the belief of the world, but through the experience and dots that were now connecting Steve Jobs would be see forever as the world's greatest CEO
Fri, 10 July 2015
Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is Dr Joel Gould, an entrepreneur, businessman, author, and cosmetic dentist.
A man with hustle muscle running through him and a desire to be the best that he can be.
As he says "I am the classic, typical won’t take no for an answer guy. I am a PROBLEM SOLVER; I won’t limit myself, or trust almost anyone’s opinion of what I can achieve. This level of self-confidence arose solely from hard work, dedication, experience, and a willingness to be open to anything, and to never say never,except to say never say never."
Now if this sounds like a guy who was born with confidence, and complete awareness of what he can achieve, then think again.
This is a guy who was influenced heavily by the upbringing he received from his father, and the shocking diagnosis at the age of 14 that he was suffering from Crohns Disease.
He is also a guy who was battered and bruised through the recession of 2009, and lost everything he had worked so hard to achieve almost overnight.
He moved from a two million dollar house into a one bedroom apartment, and from that point onwards started fighting back
And now everything seems great in his life.
He has a thriving practice in California, is the author of the book "The Perfect Smile", and appears as a recognised expert on tv and media.
So how did this native of Winnipeg, Canada, find himself building his dreamlife in California, USA?
And does he accept the lessons life has thrown him as part of the game, or just unfortunate moments in his life that he didn't deserve?
Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs in todays Free podcast, with the one and only Dr Joel Gould
Wed, 8 July 2015
Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who has had a fascinating path to where he is today.
For many people, as young man he would have been considered a success and leading the kind of life that many people would consider the dream.
From the age of 14, you could find him swinging the clubs like a young Tiger Woods, pursuing his passion by playing golf on the PGA tour.
And for the next six years, he followed the tour until in 2009 he decided to put down is clubs and begin starting a family.
And this is a fascinating point in his life, which will lead the conversation today.
After spending so many hours practicing, traveling, practicing, competing, and then giving up, did he consider himself a failure?
Did he embrace the freedom of making that decision, or was he surrounded by people who had a different opinion to how he was leading his life?
Well whatever he felt, he stopped the touring and become a stay at home dad, and after over two years of that very rewarding yet very challenging experience, got into the telecommunication and technology industry doing sales for a small company remotely.
But at his core is this words, his own words "I love to feel inspired. I love feeling connected to others. I’m a dreamer who believes bigger and better things are always coming down the road. I get a lot of inspiration watching and talking to people who are living and walking down an inspired path. I appreciate it because it’s something I’m constantly seeking for myself."
So has he learnt the ability through his golf, that even in his own business, if you swing madly and hook one into the trees, then the next shot could be the sweetest one he has ever hit?
And does he look back at the early golfing hustle that took him around the tour, as the perfect grounding for what he is doing now?
Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs in todays Free podcast, with the one and only Tom O'Stasik
Mon, 6 July 2015
My guest on todays Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who is driven to make us lead a happy and stress-free life.
He is a practicing medical doctor, international keynote speaker, bestselling author, and highly sought after expert on stress and happiness.
He believes that there are practices and skills that we can all learn, that can help us push away those stresses and issues that bother us all, and start smiling broadly.
And he is certainly a man that has one of the biggest smiles I have seen ,so he must have mastered it himself.
And from his base in Vancouver, he is sharing his skills via TV, presentations, podcast interviews, and even speaking directly to Prime Ministers and their cabinets, as we all want to have what he has.
A stress-free and happy life everyday.
So how has he learned these skills?
Was he a big stresshead who realised that he had to do something about it, or was it a path that just found him?
Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs in todays Free podcast, with the one and only Dr Kenford Nedd
Fri, 3 July 2015
Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is Mr Jonathan Van Keulen, a man who is driven to make a difference to the world.
A difference to all the people, and familles that during their lives get touched by the illness cancer.
Leading up to 2014, our guest was leading a very different life to the one that he leads today.
Working for Wells Fargo as a private banker, his day was very much like most men in the world.
Wake up with the alarm clock, shave, put on a shirt and tie, kiss the family goodbye and go to work.
But what do you do when suddenly that routine is taken away from you?
What do you do when you end up wishing with all your heart, that you can just kiss your family again and again, as you might be losing the chance to do it for much longer.
Well Jonathan Van Keulen faced that prospect head on, as in 2014 he was diagnosed with a rare and serious form of cancer that is seen mostly in children.
He was told that he had Osteosarcoma, and begain with the support and love of his family to fight against it, by undertaking the necessary treatment needed.
But this is where, we get to on the Join Up Dots ideal time and time again.
When our guests are at the lowest point in their lives, the thing that they should be doing with their lives so often appear.
And whilst laying on the hospital bed, making a list of ways that he could make himself more comfortable during his extended stay, he thought "If these things would make me comfortable then what about all the other cancer victims?"
He had so many ideas about things he could do to make his stay more comfortable, along with his lovely wife he started a non profit, Cancer Can't, with the mission to attempt to give these same comforts to as many people as we can.
So does he look back at his pre diagnosis life as one that needed a shake up to make him become truly alive?
And although terrible, and arduous, has the treatment and the cancer been a good thing that he is now glad that he went through?
Well let’s find out, as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs in todays Free podcast, with the one and only Jonathan Van Keulen
Wed, 1 July 2015
Todays guest entrepreneur is Tranea Prosser, a lady who likes nothing more than having a laugh, and when it comes to making her listeners and audience laugh then she is in heaven.
Where ever there are ears to hear, and a sound system to project her voice, she has been bringing laughter to folks in all sorts of venues.
And she does it in a clean, non-profane manner…pleasing to audiences of all ages — from kids to senior citizens.
It seems performing was pre-ordained for this Texas native, as both her mom and dad were singers of some note…with her late father, Harvey, being a member of the Soul Savers quartet.
She has also sung in church choirs for most of life…as well as of course being a comedian, singer, and author of the book “Celibacy: What was I thinking?”
She is flexing the old hustle muscle everyday, and making the most of every opportunity that comes her way.
But what I find amazing is that like all of us she has started and worked in jobs that seem a total wrong choice to make, and from an outsider point of view seem madness.
She has spent years working as an administrative assistant, and a legal secretary for the attorney general of Texas, responding to inquiries and general complaints.
But were these the jobs that actually helped light the passions and started her working towards where she is today?
Did she realise that although paying the bills, the roles were actually holding her back from a life of enjoyment and fun?
Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs in todays Free podcast, with the one and only Tranea Prosser
Tue, 30 June 2015
Today's bonus episode focuses on another listeners email who asked an amazingly profound question that can effect us all
Loving the show, and im amazed that you don't seem to lose your energy.......what are you drinking?
Mon, 29 June 2015
Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast interview is a man who when it comes to knowing the true value of something is the guy to go to.
You see he is the owner of the Art Of value, where he works to assist entrepreneurs, companies, and guys with a product to sell decide on what they should charge.
Most of us in the entrepreneurial world have these great dreams of working for ourselves, having time freedom and seeing the money flow effortlessly into our bank accounts.
And most of us, at the beginning at least struggle with setting fair prices for our services.
We have those self-limiting thoughts that make us go cheap, when actually we should go double.
Now our guest can trace his path back to 2009, when he found himself sitting on a panel discussing hourly billing. Set the fee per hour. Do the work. Job done.
Another developer on the panel was an advocate for value pricing, and told the audience “If you bill by the hour, there is an artificial limit on your income.”
And with those words, our guests life changed forever.
So why were those words so profound to him? Was he just at that right moment when his mind was ready fro such a message?
Or deep down did he always have the belief that you should get for value of what you offer, but wasn’t brave enough to bring it to the table?
Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs with the one and only Mr Kirk Bowman.
Sat, 27 June 2015
Welcome to another bonus episode of Join Up Dots, where we respond to a listeners email. This is a show that all of us need to reflect on.
Dear David and everyone connected with Join Up Dots,
I listened to Join Up Dots today as I have done everyday for the last few weeks, and I just had to write to let you know what happened.
Episode 197 made me realise that I am letting myself down. In fact not just letting myself down but throwing away the life that I have been given.
I was so touched by the mans story, and how his persistence never wavered, no matter what happened in his life, that I broke down in tears at my desk.
I couldn't tell my colleagues what had happened to me, so just made up a story about problems at home.
But the problems are in me.
I shed so many tears today.
Tears for him and the uplifting way that he shared his struggles and heartaches.
But tears for me and the life that I have led. The years that I have wasted.
I would love to go back and listen to the show again, but I don't want to change the mark it has left on me.
I want to carry the pain, to drive me forwards to bigger and better things.
I know that I have it in me to achieve so much more.
I need more shows like this to keep me going.
The show you have created is a gift to all of us.
Fri, 26 June 2015
Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots podcast interview is Dr Hans Finzel is a successful author, speaker and trusted authority in the field of leadership.
For 20 years he had the freedom to led international non-profit World Venture, serving in over 65 countries and now spends much of his time speaking and writing on practical leadership principles from the real world—not the classroom.
The kind of stuff that corporations across the world are crying out for as the demand for top, productive and efficient leaders become more and more desirable.
He has written nine books, including his bestseller “The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make” and as we said this information is a global concern, which has led to them being translated into over twenty foreign languages.
If that doesn’t sound like he has enough on his plate already then, he also serves President of HD Leaders, and is chief leadership guru on“The Leadership Answer Man” podcast doing well in ITunes and other platforms.
So did his desire to tackle leadership issues come from working with people who just wasn’t up to the job, even though they were in prime positions?
The kind of people that have built careers more by default than talent?
Or like most things that become our lifework, did it simply creep up on him and till he couldn’t resist it anymore?
Well let’s bring onto the show to start todays Join Up Dots free podcast interview, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs with the one and only super entrepreneur, business man Hans Finzel
Wed, 24 June 2015
Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview, is Fiona Sampson, a lady who is on a mission to create a safer world for vulnerable girls and women by working to prevent future generations from suffering the emotional and physical trauma of sexual assault.
She is challenging the system that allows such acts of violence to go unpunished and by doing so, influencing a behaviour change in perpetrators of human rights violations against women and ensuring that consequences of these acts are enforced.
And this mission started as far away from her base in Canada as is possible.
In Kenya, the rape of little girls is known legally as “defilement.”
Defiling is common there — a woman/girl is raped every 30 minutes — but even girl babies as young as three months are helpless against men who know they’ll never be prosecuted for the worst brutality imaginable.
These child victims are the loneliest girls in the world.
They are often orphaned by AIDS and are vulnerable to attacks by their remaining family as well as strangers.
The myth that having sex with a virgin is a cure for HIV/AIDS is also a spur, and not just for pedophiles.
So our guest has pioneered a new way of holding governments accountable for human rights violations against women by ensuring that women in countries such as Kenya, have access to legal resources, support and remedies that have otherwise would have been inaccessible due to economics, culture, and violations of gender rights.
But that is just a part of her story, as she is also is the last known thalidomide victim born in Canada.
She refers to this experience as one of her first life experiences where she realized that those responsible for creating harm acted without consequence, compounding the impact of her victimization.
This has amplified the empathy she feels for the suffering of others and is certainly one of the big dots that has led her on the Join Up Dots timeline.
Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots free podcast interview, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs with the one and only Fiona Sampson
Mon, 22 June 2015
Todays guest entrepreneur on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who unlike so many of us, was not ready to leave school behind as quickly as he could.
With an experience gained by over twenty years standing in front of students, he is a man on a mission.
A mission that takes him from his own classroom, into every other classroom on earth.
And this is providing more and more success in his own life.
He believes that the world should connect in order to discuss, create, and encourage new and improved ways of learning into our children's lives.
And unusually, or at least it seemed to me, instead of saying "And one of the things we need to do is stop the fascination with social media and Facebook" he actually encourages these tools.
He wants the educators of the world to connect, or join up their own dots, to create a powerful force of classroom improvement.
And now with six best selling books, a keynote speaker, TED veteran, and leading advocate for the no-grades classroom he is connecting to make a huge difference.
So why does he feel that instead of saying, keep social out of the classroom, we should be saying "Lets use its power for connecting?"
And of course, in true Join Up Dots style, does he remember his own passage through the education system as inspiring, or just get me out of here?
Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs on todays free podcast, with the one and only teaching entrepreneur Mr Mark Barnes
Sat, 20 June 2015
As we saw in the last part of the Steve Jobs biography, Steve had arrived at a crossroads in his life.
After his spectacular rise to the top with Apple, things had turned sour, and he was looking for something to reignite his passions and of course his fortunes.
He was still a very rich man, but for the first time in his life had the stigma of failure hanging over him. This was quite unfair in many regards, but as we see time and time again, the world likes nothing more than pushing a person to the top of the pile, and then delighting as they fall back to earth with the rest of us.
As the story goes, Steve Jobs had returned from one of his many business trips to Europe promoting the Apple II and met a very old friend of his, Nobel prize winner Paul Berg From Stanford University.
The two old friends discussed Bergs work, and it became clear to Steve Jobs that this could be the thing he was looking for. The reason to build a new company thereby restoring the Apple boards faith in him.
His friend told him about his work on DNA, and inquired whether the molecules could be simulated on computers. Steve told him No, but that didn't mean that it wasn't possible.
And those possibilities excited him greatly.
Instead of focusing in on the home computer market as he had previously, he would instead build a supercomputer for the higher education and scientific markets. He did his research as to the computer capabilities he would need, and became even more excited by what he discovered.
Steve Jobs, was reinventing the wheel and giving the world something that no one else could, and as we have already seen he was not short of ego, which is why there is no surprise that the idea appealed so much.
However, if Steve Jobs had gone further and researched whether the higher education and scientific markets would actually be interested in buying such a super computer, he might have had a very different reaction to the concept.
Hindsight as they say, is a wonderful thing.
He was still an employee at Apple, so enthusiastically informed the board of his idea. And on the 13th of September 1985 boldly described the vision he had for the computer, the company, and of course himself.
Everything went well at first, and the board sided with his enthusiasm, even willing to invest in the plans that Steve Jobs had presented to them. That enthusiasm however was short lived, when Jobs started detailing who he would take with him to the new company. This is when the board of Apple turned bitter.
He advised that he would go away with Bud Tribble, the first Mac programmer; George Crow, a key Mac hardware engineer; Rich Page, who had supervised almost all of Apples’ development; Dan’l Lewin, and Susan Barnes, an MBA in finance.
Steve Jobs had presented these people as “Low-level”, but it was clear to all that they were anything but. These employees were integral to the future progress of Apple Computers, and the board felt threatened. With no other option and determined to push ahead with his idea, Steve Jobs resigned from Apple.
Next Computers was born, and it did not start easily.
The minute it was created, the six co-founders found themselves sued by their former employer, Apple. The fruit company was accusing them of stealing their technology. As a result, for its first year or so of existence, the new company could not work on any product in particular, since there was a chance they would lose the trial and give all the technologies they had worked on back to Apple. This didn't phase Jobs at all, and in the meantime he set up to build the perfect company.
Building a new company from scratch needed huge investment which Steve Jobs for once had at his disposal. After his departure from Apple, Steve had sold almost all of his stock out of disgust. So by early 1986, he was sitting on more than $100 million. These were very different times from the earlier bootstrapping of Apple. He no longer needed to entice the investment of others to his new venture. This was going to be his baby. He was very much back in control.
Steve Jobs knew one thing and he did it better than most: When it came to recruiting he ensured that quality and integrity were at the top of his wishlist. He only recruited those individuals that were classed as extremely bright. Next even used to state that even their receptionist had a PHD, and one thing was certain, there was a buzz around silicon valley about this new start up. The hype was growing by the day, and Steve Jobs added more and more computer whizzkids, and extremely intelligent folk to the list of employees ready to create the next big thing in computing. Next appeared very much the place to be.
What made this remarkable was the company couldn't work on anything due to the dispute from Apple, and so were not making any income. The salaries, relocation, logo, equipment costs were all being paid out of Steve Jobs very deep pockets. Not bottomless by any stretch of the imagination, but being emptied at an astonishing rate.
Why did Steve Jobs do this? Was it to prove a point to his old employers, or was it to prove a point to the industry?
Whatever the reason it got him noticed and the word on the street was “look out he's on his way back!”
At the same time as this was all happening, the Star Wars legend George Lucas, came calling to enquire whether Steve's previous interest in his company, working within the motion picture industry was still alive. Steve Jobs had taken a huge interest in the work of the team at Pixar, and had even requested that the Apple board buy the company, but was refused.
But now with the value of the company being substantially less than he was once offered, he decided to take matters into his own hands and fork out for the computer animation team. Once again, whether this was a dig at his old work colleagues we don't know, but Steve Jobs paid £10,000,000 of his own money to buy Pixar as nothing more than an expensive hobby. His real passion was for the Next cube,the super computer that would change the industry, not for a group of budding artists trying to make splash in Hollywood.
It continued to be a very expensive hobby for many years, with him funding it solely something that he was reluctant to do with his bigger passion Next. He finally started to look for outside investors for that company.
Fortunately for Steve Jobs and Next, the Apple dispute fizzled out, and they could actually start getting to work. This occurred mainly by their lack of new creation. Holding back on working on anything new, appeared to be a very good decision
NeXT still didn’t have a business plan or concrete plans for its first product. Apple’s case was based on NeXT’s raiding of senior Macintosh executives and conspiring to use the confidential knowledge Jobs and the others had about upcoming Apple projects (like BigMac).
And that is where it faltered, Apple couldn't then pinpoint any specific trade secrets that NeXT had violated, because they hadn't. A week later, Apple came back with a list of twenty complaints but failed to demonstrate how NeXT had any plans against Apple.
The case proved to be a major embarrassment for Apple and just provided Next and of course Steve Jobs, with a great deal of free publicity: A true win win.
When we look back at Steve Jobs time working on The Next cube we can see quite clearly, two major flaws:
One was Steve's personal obsession with perfection. Everything from the typeface. to the casing had to be perfect. That perfection only made it a pain to build: from the perfect right angles to its materials to its color, it was extremely complicated — and therefore expensive — to put together.
In addition, Steve had made a point on also designing a “beautiful” board for the Cube. All the electronic components, which are usually on several different pieces of plastic, were melded on a single square board that the chairman Steve Jobs considered as beautiful as the case itself. However it was a strenuous problem for engineers to solve.
The costs escalated beyond anything that a school or higher education department could afford. Steve Jobs obsession with making it cutting edge and radically ahead of its time was to be its ultimate failure. He had built the technological equivalent of the Ipad thirty years too soon.
No matter which way they turned, Next and Steve Jobs hit a brick wall. And through all the twists and turns, delays caused the development of what had been cutting edge two years previously to no longer be seen as such. The competitors had quietly brought their cheaper and user friendly machines to market and had killed any escape route that Next had. Steve Jobs had fallen further from grace, and now was being seen as a liability instead of a maverick and technological genius.
Interestingly the forgotten hobby Pixar had started making some progress. Only small steps but enough for the people at Disney to take an interest.
In the early 90’s times were hard at Pixar, and the company had survived several threats by Steve Jobs to cut his losses and close the whole thing down. But for some reason or another, he still persisted with its vision.
Pixar failed nine times over by normal standards, but Steve didn’t want another failure to be placed on his resume, so he kept writing the checks. He would have sold the company to anybody in a moment, and in fact tried very very hard to do just that, but the bottom line was he wanted to cover his loss of $50 million.
In March 1991, he declared he would continue to keep funding it only if he were given back all of the employees’ stock shares. The scheme involved shutting the company down on paper, and creating a “new Pixar” where he was the sole owner. He also fired almost half the staff, keeping only the software programmers as well as Lasseter’s animation department — which was, by then, the only part of the company to bring cash in, thanks to its work in TV advertisement.
The hardware that the company had developed to enable others to create the same groundbreaking animation was classed as finished. Disney who had an investment in the company could never understand why they should be funding a system to teach others to animate. They controlled animation, and certainly wanted to keep it that way.
Nearly twenty odd years after starting the company, the team at Pixar were given a lifeline. After receiving a few awards, and even an Oscar for a short animated film, Disney gave them the greenlight to go for the big one…..a full length computer animated movie.
Steve Jobs negotiated a three movie contract with Disney, and arranged to keep 12.5% percent of ticket sales received. Little did he know, as he had limited experience in the movie industry, that he had made a very bad deal. But I suppose a bad deal is better than no deal, and after years of self funding the unit, he was about to see money at last come his way. Or so he thought.
Toy Story was put into development, and like all things in Steve's life, at that time, became a lot harder to get the product to the customer than he expected.
1993, was now upon us, and without doubt this was the year when everything that Steve Jobs had dreamt, worked on, and developed crumbled in front of him.
A year that many people couldn't have imagined happening ten years previously, when Jobs could do no wrong.
Whether Steve Jobs had dwelled on the same dark realisations we can only guess, but it was at an end. He was 38 years old and at his lowest point ever.
Next computers crashed around him.
It began in January 1992, when Steve Jobs made the decision to allow the advanced operating systems to be used in his competitor's machines. He had taken the view that the uniqueness of what he had created would need to be shared, if he had any chance of saving the company.
This was the first sign of the true failure to come for Steve, although many experts had the view that he should have done this from the very beginning. However Jobs was looking to create the system of all systems. The kind of processing speed that would leave all his competitors in the shade. Not to help them in their journeys also. The death warrant had been signed.
At the same time in an ironic retelling of a previous dot in Jobs life, things got even worse. COO Van Cuylenburg, who was hired by Steve Jobs, betrayed him in a cruel reminiscence of what had happened at Apple some seven years earlier.
Van Cuylenberg had phoned up NeXT’s competitor Sun, and asked its CEO Scott McNealy to buy NeXT and install him as manager of the new company getting rid of Jobs. Fortunately, McNealy had some sense of honor and told Steve about the outrage. Van Cuylenburg left, but Steve was completely devastated by everything that was going on around him.
How could this have happened?
How could all his hard work and investment end up in such a way?
How could it be that everyone of the company’s co-founders, except George Crow would abandon him.
He was Steve Jobs, the genius who had created an industry from nothing. A man who had lit up silicon valley and blazed a path across the world.
What had he done to deserve all this at once?
Next was finished, and in an even crueler twist of fate, his other venture Pixar was in serious trouble too. The lifeline that had been grabbed at when making the deal with Disney was slipping away from them. Disney's Katzenberg had seen what the company had created, and quite simply hated Woody, Buzz Lightyear and all the other characters which we now see as classics.
Together with the majority of Disney’s creative staff, he declared that the characters were unappealing jerks and the dialogues inappropriately cynical for a children’s movie (while he was the one who pushed for such characteristics early in development). Pixar was back to making TV commercials just so it could survive — but it was obvious it would disappear if the work did not start again.
Steve Jobs had reached the bottom of his career. He had lost faith in himself, and disappeared behind the closed doors of his home, spending most of his days at home, playing with his two-year-old son.
Was there anyway that Steve Jobs could fight back from such a low point?
Could he recoup his investment, his self esteem, and be allowed to create the legacy that he so craved?
That part of the story will only come on part four of the Steve Jobs Biography.
Fri, 19 June 2015
Entrepreneurs like todays guest joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview, is Mr John Murphy, a man who from his core is a winner.
And best of all he likes nothing more than helping us all be winners too.
He lives in the South of France, but calls the world his office, as he works with individuals and corporations across the globe to make them improve their careers and see the opportunities they have all around them.
The opportunities that can bring wealth, success, and enjoyment into their worlds.
But this guy certainly didn't start with a global approach to business, as if we go way back you would have found him pounding the pavements, knocking on doors.
You see he began his career as a door to door life assurance salesman, but ended as the CEO of a Pan European Life Assurance Company in Ireland.
So he knows the hustle that it takes to not just start knocking on doors, but actually building his own doors.
The right doors, that can lead to a life of fulfilment, freedom, success, and a life of dreams.
He is now the owner of his own international company, and of course the host of the podcast 'Winning at Business & Life'
So how John Murphy, born and bred in Ireland break free from the surrounding conditioning of what is possible for a young man from Ireland?
And does he see the issues that he encounters with his clients, the same across the world, or is there geographical reasons that hold us back from achieving what we want?
Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs on todays free podcast with the one and only super entrepreneur Mr John Murphy
Wed, 17 June 2015
Todays guest, joining us the Join Up Dots podcast interview, is Christine Hassler, a lady that for so many people would have been considered a success in her earlier life
A life that appears from the outside glamorous and stimulating
She was an agent in Hollywood, California....yep, she worked the land known as tinseltown for the Artist Management Group and was on a path that seemed set.
At least from the outside.
But inside her that path was most definitely not set.
That path was leading Christine, away from this sought after position to take her into the unknown and into a world of fear and doubts.
At the age of 25 she left this job, and set out to find the true thing she knew in her heart of heart she should be doing.
And as she sought for what she needed to do in life, she discovered that so many people she met had those same insecurities and frustrations that life was slipping away from them too.
And with the publication and success of her first book in 2005, "20 Something 20 Everything" she touched a nerve in her readers and herself.
And her future started to reveal itself.
Now as a professional speaker, Christine Hassler, leads seminars and workshops around the country, and is a sought after expert appearing on TV and Radio everywhere on the subject of discovering the answers to the questions: “Who Am I, What do I want, and How do I get it?”
So how did she end up in Hollywood where it seems so wrong now on any different levels?
And how do people begin to answer that question "Who am I " when for their whole life they have allowed people to tell them what they are.
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Christine Hassler.
Tue, 16 June 2015
"Steve Jobs persisted, he had this incredible tenacity. He held on and came back with triumph after triumph, driving the company to new heights, creating the greatest corporate success of our time. It's a unique story."
Jobs basically had created his own team to create his own product, the Macintosh. His team actually having its own building. He even flew the pirate flag there.
“It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life; I’m pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been fired from Apple,” Jobs said. “It was awful-tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it.”
And what came next, was NeXT.
Mon, 15 June 2015
There are many things that will surprise you from a Steve Jobs biography.
We all feel that we know the man well.
We have read the stories of success, heard the tales of peculiar behavior and used the products that the man left behind.
But what you will find when you start researching Steve Jobs, is a man who I don't think anyone will truly understand.
A man with so many layers of personality, and distinct characteristics, that we all had the potential to see the type of person that Steve Jobs wanted us to see.
So where do we start on the Join Up Dots take, on the Steve Jobs Biography?
Well we can clearly see on the Join Up Dots timeline, that Steve Jobs was from the moment he was born looking for identity.
Steven Paul Jobs was brought into the world on the 24th February 1955 in San Francisco California, by two students of the University of Wisconsin, who for whatever reason felt that this new born boy, who would grow up to become the king of techonology, was not theirs to keep.
Joanne Schieble and Abdulfattah "John" Jandali, played such an amazing part in bringing this child to the world, but would also play such a small part too, and gave the young Steve Jobs up for adoption shortly after birth.
And this was one of the dots in the Steve Jobs biography that Steve spoke so candidly about in 2005, when he addressed the graduating students on Stanford in a commencement address that has become a firm favourite to the world.
Not least becoming the basis of what became the theme behind the show “Join Up Dots with David Ralph”
The Steve Jobs Biography is a fascinating tale of clearly defined dots that shape what he was going to become right from the start, which would make it fascinating if we could ever go back in time and show the young Steve Jobs the steps that he should take.
Would he follow them, or would this young child with such a fascination for technology, and understanding of the components that made early electronic devices work, listen?
Well probably not, but you can see in the Steve Jobs biography those dots were clearly working in his favour right from the start.
His adopted parents lived in Mountain View California, which would fortuitously become what is known as silicon valley in later years, planting the budding entrepreneur in the centre of where he would later go on to rule.
His father, Paul Jobs who worked as a Coast Guard veteran and machinist, also had an interest in electronics and would show his young son from the confines of the family garage (the birthplace of Apple) how to take electronic devices a part, and then have the confidence to put them all back together.
Paul Jobs could have had fishing as a hobby, but once again the Steve Jobs biography shows that the skills that he would later utilize to such astonishing success were laid before him.
Yes of course, he needed the interest and persistence to make these skills work, but Steve Jobs was nothing but tenacious when that interest was in evidence.
A completely different Steve Jobs, to the one we would see throughout his career when he was bored, or things didn't quite go his way!
And those opposing, and not so dynamic and conscientious personality traits, were more than evident to everyone during his schooling. Steve Jobs was an innovative thinker. He could see things long before most people had started to even consider there was even something to be seen.
Which meant that during school, he struggled with the confines of formal schooling, and the structure of his lessons which as we all know, more often than not are anything but innovative.
The young Steve Jobs, would attempt to keep himself entertained by playing pranks and creating mischief, even once being bribed by his fourth grade teacher to get his head down and study.
But there was no getting away from the fact that being born to two University graduates had provided him with the genes of intelligence. And school tests, even from a boy who had little interest in the work were a breeze. He would sail through the testing with such apparent ease that the school administrators were keen to push him ahead to High School, which his parents were reluctant to sanction.
So already at school age, the Steve Jobs biography shows that we have a child who is living smack bang in the middle of the soon to be formed Silicon Valley, had an interest in electronics, possessed an innovative and questioning mind, and was born in 1955.
And this last fact is probably one of the most interesting of all, as Malcom Gladwell attested to in his bestselling book the Outliers” in the chapter “Timing Is Everything”
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen was born in 1953, Apple founder Steve Jobs in 1955, Sun Microsystems founders Bill Joy and Scott McNealy in 1954, Bill Gates in 1955.
Which made them the prime age when the first do it yourself home computers came to market in 1975.
Old enough to see the potential, and risk their futures by working on what someone already established in a career in computers would consider too much a risk to take on.
But not old enough to be already settled down with children and responsibilities, frightened to take the leap of faith and risk what they had already gained in life.
All of them fascinated with what was in front of them, and on their own paths to becoming household names in computing, making them richer than anyone could hope to be.
So we are building quite a list of dots on the Join Up Dots timeline, and of course the Steve Jobs biography.
We can now add perfect timing of his birth, to the perfect location, an interest in electronics, questioning mind, and a passion to go against the norm.
We can almost see already, the Steve Jobs that we would see a few years later, in the young man huddled over a box of wires and fuses.
But no matter how inspired and intellectual a person is, they will need the support of others.
And Steve Jobs found this when he was introduced to Steve Wozniak, who became his future business partner.
The two hit it off straight away, and as Wozniak spoke about in a 2007 interview, it was obvious from the start that the two had similar outlooks and passions. Passions that back in the early years of the 1970’s very few people had.
As he says “We both loved electronics and the way we used to hook up digital chips. And very few people, especially back then, had any idea what chips were, how they worked and what they could do. I had designed many computers, so I was way ahead of him in electronics and computer design, but we still had common interests. We both had pretty much sort of an independent attitude about things in the world.”
And that was how Steve Jobs life was throughout High School. Limited interest in what was happening within the education system, but along with Wozniack fascinated and consumed by the potential outside its walls.
And now in the Steve Jobs biography we arrive at that definitive time in his life.
The definitive time in everyone's life. They are now ready to go out into the world as young adults and create their own paths.
Would Steve Jobs follow the course that so many people follow and play it safe, getting a job just because it's money in the bank, following in the footsteps of his father, or would he strive boldly into a new future, and create his legacy.
Well surprisingly Steve Jobs did neither, and even against a background off disinterest in studying and education, Steve Jobs enrolled in Reed College in Portland Oregon.
This appears a decision that was not well thought out, as Steve Jobs quickly realised that he wasn't suited for further education and made the decision to drop out of college and do his own thing.
And that thing was to start attending classes that he thought would be interesting.
He would choose classes to attend, just because he was intrigued by their content, not because how they would look on his resume.
One of those classes, as Steve Jobs recounted once again in the Stanford Commencement address changed his life. The course was in calligraphy, and developed the love of typography that he brought to the world in such a dramatic and successful way with his first foray into the home computer market.
As he said to the students hanging on his every word on that day “None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But 10 years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, it's likely that no personal computer would have them. If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do. Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backward 10 years later.”
In 1974, the Steve Jobs biography shows, what you would think was a great starting point to his career as a computer genius, and the young Jobs accepted a position with the promising and innovative games company Atari, as a video game designer.
Atari would go onto to dominate the home games console market in the late seventies and early eighties, with children across the world clambering for one of these wooden boxes that they could plug into their television sets. The demand was astonishing.
But Steve Jobs would not play a big part of the success of the company, as just six months later he quit, to go and find himself by traveling the huge continent of India, high on drugs most of the time.
When he did return to the United States of America it was now 1976, Steve Jobs was twenty years old and about get serious about what he saw the future of home computing to be.
Alongside his friend Steve Wozniak, still spending hours and hours inside the Jobs family garage, they would create what would grow to become the most valuable company on Earth.
The two friends set to work experimenting with the knowledge that they had fostered, more often than not unknowingly throughout their lives.
The hours spent fiddling with chips, and electronic circuit boards as a hobby, now finding its true importance in their lives.
Which is of course one of the truths of every episode of Join Up Dots.
Perceived failures, or what seemed like pure time wastage can later on turn out to be the holder of the very thing that you are looking for.
And that was certainly the case with young Mr Steve Jobs.
However greatness does not appear without a belief and a willingness to take risks. And the Steve Jobs biography is littered with incidents where he seemed to have the desire to go further and quicker than anyone else around him would consider acceptable..
Selling his Volkswagen bus, whilst his friend Wozniak sold his beloved scientific computer they funded their fledgling enterprise, and began to work changing the world. Empowering every home to believe they could posses their own computer, which several years previously would have been thought an impossible dream.
With Jobs in charge of marketing— Apple, which they decided to call their untested enterprise, initially marketed the computers for $666.66 each. The Apple I earned the corporation around $774,000. Three years after the release of Apple's second model, the Apple II, the company's sales increased by 700 percent, to $139 million.
Not bad for two guys, who just three years before were unsure as to which direction their future would go.
However this was simply the beginning of what Apple was to become and in 1980, Apple Computer became a publicly traded company, with a market value of $1.2 billion.
By the end of its very first day of trading, and buoyed by its success Jobs looked to find someone with the business acumen and vision to drive the company to even greater heights, and made the decision to bring marketing expert John Sculley of Pepsi-Cola in as the President of Apple.
A decision that among all the decisions made in the Steve Jobs biography was as bad for Steve as it could possibly be.
A decision that would bring Steve Jobs to one of the lowest points of his life, being told to leave the company he had founded.
Steve Jobs was sacked from Apple.
Mon, 15 June 2015
Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast is a man who from his hometown of Calgary Canada, is on a mission similar to most of our guests.
In fact it should be the mission that everyone of us who listen into Join Up Dots should be on everyday.
He is committed to studying, understanding and helping others achieve more, in less time.
If you want to better your life, your career or business, and of course your results, then there is no better way than to focus in on the needs of others.
As the late Zig Ziglar once said, "You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want" which seems to be a great principle to live by, and is certainly working for todays guest.
And so for nearly two decades, he has travelled and advised people from across the continent and around the globe, from Fortune 500 leadership teams, to high achievers from all walks of life.
So how did he know that he could see a problem that had been anchoring people to the future they were not keen on, and blow it to pieces?
And does he find that he still has many of the issues that his clients have, but has managed to work to reduce them, or does he still carry around self limiting baggage?
Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs with the one and only Shawn Shewchuck
Fri, 12 June 2015
Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots podcast interview is Mr Brian Holmes, a man who has many irons in the fire on a daily basis.
He is an author of the book “The Ties That Bind”, the founder and President of Strategic Living Institute, Brian A Holmes Ministries and the Strategic Leadership Forum, where he inspires everyone to find that thing that we were put on this earth to do.
He even has his own weekly podcast, that bind it all together.
As he says “Success is waking up in the morning and bounding out of bed because there’s something out there that you love to do, that you believe in, that you’re good at – something that’s bigger than you are, and you can hardly wait to get at it again.”
So how long did it take Brian Holmes to find the freedom ill this way?
And is it a process that we can all learn, or do people more often than not stumble unknowingly into the path that they should be taking?
Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs with the one and only Mr Brian Holmes.
Thu, 11 June 2015
John Lee Dumas is an inspiration to many people across the world, who hear him talk on a daily basis with entrepreneurs, businessman and the movers and shakers of the world.
He is the host of the award winning daily podcast, Entrepreneur On Fire, which since its birth back in September 2012, has lead the way in what can be achieved in the world of podcasting.
John Lee Dumas podcast interviewJohn Lee Dumas was not the obvious choice to become the man behind the mic, but as we always see on Join Up Dots, when you look back over the life of the person, you can see how the dots join up clearly.
And this is certainly the case with John Lee Dumas.
John Dumas was born as he says in his own words “A simple country boy from the State of Maine” and throughout his childhood was a child who was an extremely active and popular child.
The son of a preacher man, John Lee Dumas, or John Lee as his parents called him liked nothing more than hitting the school playground everyday, and indulging in kickball with his mates.
And growing up in a state where his childhood years were spent on lakes in the summer and ski mountains in the winters, it is with little surprise that when his childhood years had past, he didn’t actively seek a job behind a desk, which is where you can find him much of the time working today on Entrepreneur On Fire, but instead went for something far more active.
Active in body, and active for his country, as in 2002 he entered the military and for the next eight years, John Lee Dumas performed the role as Captain, and Armor and logistics officer for Uncle Sam.
And this is one of those dots on the Join Up Dots timeline, that helps pinpoint the success of Entrepreneur on Fire.john leed dumas podcast interview
Whilst in the military, John Lee Dumas was trained in structure, planning, organisation and effectiveness, all brilliantly useful as a soldier, but equally useful as a high flying Entrepreneur.
So many people point to the success of his seven day per week podcast Entrepreneur On Fire, and ask how can you record so many episodes and not burn out?
Which John Lee Dumas quite candidly will point out, is down to the skills that he learnt during his time in the armed forces, which he has utilised to such brilliant effect with Entrepreneur On Fire and his other income producing business spin offs.
An interesting fact about John Lee’s time in the military was that he became the first platoon in America to perform a tour of duty in Iraq, during the conflict there in the early two thousands.
For thirteen months, he worked tirelessly supporting his platoon, and building up his commitment to the task, until it was time to say goodbye to Captain John Lee Dumas, and say hello to the civilian version, that was to become anything but as effective as his previous incarnation.
The transition from the military was not an easy one to perform, and John Lee Dumas points out in his own words, that he was searching for something that could replace the self worth that he had felt previously.
As he says “My transition was brutal and different compared to others’. I thought I had everything mapped out. My father is a lawyer so I immediately thought that law would be a great profession for me to move into. I applied to law school and got accepted for the fall of next year. Before that I knew I would spend the year traveling. What I should have looked at people out there in the civilian world who were veterans and non-veterans that were actually doing things that inspired me. I should have tried to find out how I could have learned from these people. I wish I turned it in that direction.”
So in those words we can already see the makings of the John Lee Dumas podcast king that we can see today.
Before Entrepreneur On Fire was even an idea to be hatched, he was looking for structure, organization, and the ability to inspire and be inspired.
He was prepared to ignite, although at that stage John Lee Dumas was still looking in completely the wrong direction to find that spark.
Interestingly across the world, there is a similar path to how we live our lives, and it has become very much a theme of Join Up Dots.
When growing up we get told what to do, by parents, teachers, mentors, scoutmasters, the list goes on.
And so it’s with little surprise that the time comes for us to make a decision as to what we want to do with our lives, and we have no idea.
How can we know, when for the first twenty years we have barely made a decision for ourselves?
And that is where John Lee Dumas found himself, and after a gap year travelling the world and feeling lost and liberated all at the same time he returned, and entered into the world’s favourite career destination.
He followed that path that he had already seen travelled by his father, and enrolled to become a lawyer, which turned out to be one of the world’s worst mistakes, at least it did for John Lee Dumas.
John Dumas seems to react strongly to emotions and feelings, and will fight back quicker and more determinedly than most people.
Most would discover that they didn’t like something slowly, and then decide to remove themselves from that pain slowly too.
John, realised on that very first day that he hated it, and knew that what he had enrolled for was a massive error of judgement on his part. Without any idea of what he wanted to do, or what he wanted to become he quit at the end of the first semester.
He had to face his parents, his friends, his colleagues, ex-students, and worse of all himself.
In very short time he had gone from being a Captain in the military that people looked up to, and reacted strongly to his positive messages to someone that he couldn’t even respect himself.
John Lee Dumas, here is another one of your dots.
The self-worth that you now feel and strive everyday to grow within your listeners was gone.
You were being given the clearest clue that you were the ideal avatar to what you would become.
You were a person that needed to feel “On Fire” and love every second of your life.
Self-worth, passion, a clear message, followers, structure and organisation had been planted within him, and very soon those dots would explode, and Entrepreneur On Fire would be realized.
But still we have a few more dots to cover before we get to the true path of John Lee Dumas, Host of the award winning “Entrepreneur On Fire”.
John Lee Dumas Podcast InterviewIn 2008, John joined the company John Hancock and set about rebuilding his life, confidence and belief that he had something worthwhile to offer.
Entering the world of corporate finance John Lee Dumas, found that he had a natural talent for making money and quickly became seen as someone new to look out for.
For eighteen months his star was on the rise, and the decision makers of John Hancock knew that they had someone that was worth investing in.
They had an employee on fire!
But, as we see time and time again with John Lee Dumas, if it doesnt feel right, then no matter how much money or success is coming his way it still won’t make it right.
And on the day when he realised that he had survived a series of staff cuts during the downturn in the economy, the heads of John Hancock told them all “If you are not with us 100% then walk away because we are only going to work with people that want us”.
And instead of being relieved that he had a job, a career path, and a company that was willing to make big decisions, John Lee Dumas took what seems a remarkable decision.
A great one with hindsight, but one that from the outsider’s viewpoint appears as almost lunacy.
He realised that he wasn’t 100% with them, and although now earning a good income, with a new condo in Boston, told the company “Enough is enough” and walked away into the unknown and complete insecurity again.
Different roles came and went during the next four years, and John Lee Dumas traveled the length and breadth of the country, performing roles that were not him.
He switched roles, direction, and salaries and no matter what he tried the path that we had already seen was screaming out for him, was just not visible to his own eyes.
He didn’t realise that he had a mission to inspire.
He had words waiting to be spoken to a global audience.
He had followers ready to be led.
And then one day, in the most unexpected of locations, the tyres of John Lee Dumas’s car rolled another two inches and found the path that he was looking for.
On just another seemingly normal drive to perform the role of Commercial Real Estate broker for the The Dunham Group, the big dot arrived in John’s life.
The tyres had found traction on what would become the starting point of Entrepreneur On Fire.
During all the time driving around America, John lee Dumas had fortuitously consumed podcasts to pass the time, and to help him feel inspired and motivated.
He loved them, and had his favorites that were to be his daily companions, as he burnt up the miles of American roadway.
The familiar voices, that had become the soundtrack to his life.
But one day, these friends fell quiet.
The voices that had accompanied him for hour upon hour, now had nothing more to say.
He looked through his MP3 player and realised that he had run out. Such was his desire for listen to the learnings, speeches or just plain fun and informative conversations that John Lee Dumas had exhausted his supply.
He was consuming quicker than the hosts could deliver the content.
“Why can’t there be daily shows seven day per week?” mused John Lee Dumas, as he switched on the radio to listen to several hours of Miley Cyrus and musical fluff.
He had found it. He had joined up his dots, and found his path.
If no one else was delivering content seven days per week, then why couldn’t he?
Why couldn’t he be the first guy to do the unthinkable and create more content than people could consume.
And with that thought, lots of uncertainty, and no idea what he would even call this vision, Entrepreneur On Fire was born.
Now several years later, the humble beginnings of this award winning podcast are far to be seen in the rear view mirror of John Lee Dumas car.
With downloads of 1,000,000 per month, income exceeding $250,000 per month, and keynote presentations, and media appearances across the world, John Dumas is on fire.
He has joined up all his dots, and now seven day per week is helping others find their own.
So do you think that you can push through so much uncertainty and disappointment?
Do you think that you have what it takes to follow the voices in your own head, and create your own path?
Well if you do then there is one thing to say.
Reader “You are prepared to ignite”
For more information on John Lee Dumas EOfire podcast go to:
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Wed, 10 June 2015
Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots podcast interview is Mr Marc Ensign, did me a huge favour, before he has even appeared on the show, by basically writing the shows introduction for me.
Normally, I do all the research and spin it all together, but when you go to their linkedIn and about page and start laughing straight away, then why write the thing yourself.
So in his own words "I’ve had a bit of a whirlwind of a career over the past 20 years that all began as a well known Broadway musician.
I’ve always been an entrepreneur by nature. I really didn’t have much of a choice as I was pretty much fired from every job I had as a kid for always insisting on doing things my way.
As it turns out, companies generally don’t like it when you do that…unless of course you own the company, so I started my own company. Successfully promoting my way to Broadway as a musician told me that I had a real knack for marketing, so in 2001 I picked up a copy of PhotoShop and started a website design and search engine optimization company called Sound-n-Vision.
For over 11 years now I have been directly involved in the success of well over 1,000 organizations from local Mom and Pop shops to Internet startups to non-profits to Fortune 500 Companies and everything in between by helping them to develop new strategies for success using website design, search engine optimization and social media.
With all of the success I have been able to achieve for my clients, I figured that it was a natural transition to share my real world experience and expertise on successful Internet Marketing strategies with people from all walks of life.
Marc Ensign describes his style of writing and speaking as "Internet Marketing Without the Geek Speak" meaning that I have a gift for taking otherwise complex subjects like search engine optimization, social media marketing, blogging, increasing conversion rates and other marketing strategies and breaking them down in a way that anyone can easily understand and take immediate action on.
This is a man who has found a passion where he didn't originally see that he had one?
And like me, Marc also struggles with spelling the word definitely every time he types it.
So has he created the skill that has led to his successful online business, by simply working harder than most at practicing his art?
He has found the freedom to become more of himself
Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs with the one and only super entrepreneur and businessman Marc Ensign
Mon, 8 June 2015
Todays show brings Cathi Hargaden, onto the Join Up Dots Podcast interview who is an expert in a subject that most of us have heard about, but few of us totally understand.
Cathi has built a lifestyle business around the ancient principle of Feng Shui.
Developed over 3,000 years ago in China, Feng Shui is a complex body of knowledge that reveals how to balance the energies of any given space to assure health and good fortune for people inhabiting it.
Cathi Hargaden can teach us such skills as How to improve our lives by clearing out our clutter and allowing space into our properties.
How to double our success by ensuring our internal and external compasses are aligned.
And if that doesn't make you prick up your ears, then how about How to attract the vibrational energy of money, wealth, health and happiness into your life using the principles of Feng Shui.
Now I know that many of my listeners perhaps maybe dismissive of such stuff, but this is going to be a fascinating conversation as to how Cathi Hargaden has built a business around a passion, which has taken Cathi Hargaden from her home in the UK to teaching these principles across the world.
And now with both Wealthy Spaces and Healthy Spaces gaining more and more exposure and clients, since beginning over 15 years ago, she has certainly found the passion that lights her up inside and of course pays the bills too.
So when did this ancient principle first come into her life, and did she like so many people at first query its validity?
And did Cathi see an instant business opportunity or did the realisation that she should could gain income delay itself?
Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs with the one and only entrepreneur Cathi Hargaden.
Fri, 5 June 2015
Todays guest joining us on the Join Up Dots podcast, is Kellie Hill, who is a lovely lady who is radiating health and wellness, and looks like the world is great around her.
But that hasn't always been the case, as she is a survivor of both heart attacks and a stroke.
And honestly, I was shocked when I discovered that fact, as I don't know what I expect heart attack survivors to look like, but its not our guest.
But from that point, her life appears to have sped up with multiple appearances on television and becoming the international radio talk show host of Eat Well To Live Well With Kellie Hill.
You see, once she had her health issues, Kellie has become the muse of neurologists and hematologists across the world, who concluded that her health diets saved her life more than once.
And this is one of those fascinating dots on the join up dots timeline, as was she already on the path to now, or did she need these life shockers to really show her the way?
Well we find out all about her healthy diet philosophy during the show, because is that there is no one-size fits all diet, but there are changes everyone can make in order to improve their health,
Because of each one of is different, most diets will work for some people and not for others, so its important to understand your own body and its need in order to attain optimal health
So how did she find out the fuel that makes her go off like a rocket, and learn the foods that are the best for her?
And does she look back at the strokes, and heart attacks as a good thing now, or just something that she hopes she never has to go through again?
Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Kellie Hill.
Wed, 3 June 2015
Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired business show is a man who knows a thing or two about having a laugh.
And unusually believes that laughter is a great way to develop leadership in most environments.
But does this have to be an unusual approach in business, or should showing a sense of humour in the work place, be the perfect way to find freedom in our lives, reduce stress, inspire others, and of course to show that you are in control?
Well for over 15 years, our guest toured America as he excelled in one of the hardest entrepreneurial routes you can take, that of the stand-up comic. Honing his craft.
Where the ability to learn from complete silence, and take the nights when everything goes wrong, helps you find your natural self, and ultimately bring laughter to any audience.
And why did he do this?
Well he knew he had to overcome his fear of public speaking to build the kind of careers that he wanted, after meeting a gentleman at a toastmasters meeting he knew it was down to him to beat this fear.
He was told “The only way to get better at building the careers that you want is to do it.”
As he says, “Everybody in this world has a story to tell and they should share their stories. I believe we learn how to overcome adversity when we share our stories.”
And he is doing that to great effect, and bringing smiles and laughter to everyone he meets?
So can he remember the nights when every joke went down like a lead balloon?
And did he know at those times that he was learning a valuable lesson towards building his perfect lifestyle, or was it just “How long till I can get off this stage?”
Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only entrepreneur Mr Ray Engan
Tue, 2 June 2015
Todays Bonus episode of Join Up Dots responds to an email from a listener, but of course answers something that we all struggle with. How do we stop our dreams being crushed. How do we Protect the Dreams?
Dear Join Up Dots team,
Thanks for the amazing resource you have created and the content that you are giving to us all.
My head has literally been spinning with ideas and possibilities as to the life I can have.
My problem is I feel alone when I talk about these things.
I don't have anyone that shares the same dreams, so the responses I have got has been underwhelming to say the least.
I have heard you talk about your virtual friends is this the way forward. Should I foget about real people who seem not to undertand
Alll the best
Mon, 1 June 2015
Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on Steve Jobs inspired motivation packed podcast Join Up Dots is a lady who has always been someone that looks at the world with different eyes.
When the rest of us, are accepting what we see and going along with the status quo, she is questioning.
Questioning how we can do things differently, leading to a better world for all of us.
When she was 15 years old, she realised that she was living in a world where people were making weapons to kill each other with, and the world thought that was ok.
And with one thought “There has to be another way of creating this world” she set off on the path she is on today.
And now as the hugely successful author of the book Do You QuantumThink?: New Thinking That Will Rock Your World she has become a media personality as she speaks across the world on the subject of changing our thinking, to a new way.
With her 21 principles that connect us to living our full potential, she is a lady on a mission to change us all.
So I suppose one of the key questions, is how does she find the motivation to overcome the old world thinking that so many people have when being confronted by anything new?
And does she see that as the older generations are slipping further away from the cutting edge of today, that her message is being received more easily than it has ever been before?
Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Dianne Collins
Fri, 29 May 2015
Todays show is a harrowing story, that shows how through one terrible incident a persons life can spiral out of control, until hitting rock bottom and fighting their way back.
When our guest today was just fourteen, she was raped, she lost her virginity and her life changed forever.
Unable to make sense of what had happened to her, still a very young girl, she turned to drugs, quit school four times, and became very promiscuous.
At age 16, she fell pregnant with a child that she was unable to keep, and feel deeper from the path that could have show itself at anytime.
After the abortion, she got involved with prostitution and at the age of 18 gave birth to her son.
Now at that time, she made a decision to start fighting back and to make a difference in her and her own sons life.
She went back to school, graduated via a program for single moms, received scholarships and awards, until after attending university for 5 years, and became a high school math and English teacher.
Where she worked for 3.5 years, teaching in a small town, until and we will discuss this on the show, she made what seems a bizarre decision and quit to move back to her hometown, where she returned to prostitution and drugs because the money was better.
Her self-esteem was in tatters. Sucidical thoughts running through her days, and an accident where she nearly lost her right leg.
If that sounds to depressing to consider, she was just about to enter into the worst time of her life was during this period.
Her son moved out when he turned 19 and didn't speak to her for three years. She ended up smoking crack for ten months during this time and then it happened.
She nearly died when her appendix burst, and realized she didn't want to die without saying "good-bye" to her son.
As she says "I had already started to turn my life around about two years before this event occurred, and so when I finally re-connected with my son, my life always back on track.
Re-uniting with Julian changed my life in a very positive way. I decided to pursue a writing career.
I now own a business, Wording Well, and am an author. I live a clean life, and spend a lot of it helping others. My books are in my local library, and my business is thriving.
I'm living proof that a person can hit rock bottom and rise to the top despite all odds against them.
My son is proud of me again, too. :)"
So lets take her on the journey of her life again, as we show everyone of you, that life is a series of choices good and bad, and we can all improve our lives by simply deciding to do so.
It's with great delight that I get to bring onto Join Up Dots, the one and only Lorraine Reguly
Wed, 27 May 2015
Entrepreneurs like todays guest joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired business podcast is Ace Chapman, an entrepreneur, businessman, and high achiever who has made millions buying and selling business's for himself, and of course helping others to do the same.
His lifestyle is one of success, as he literally wakes up everyday with a huge smile on his face and does the thing that he loves.
But it wasn't always that way.
And just twelve years ago when he was 22 years old, he was on a totally different path
As he says " It was 2002 but it seems like it was just yesterday. I was 22 and just the thought of what the next 40 years would look like terrified me. I had tried some business ideas here and there and nothing seemed to work. It seemed nearly impossible to get ahead. I had little savings, student loans, and credit card debt. I was so sick of being broke and not being able to afford to finer things in life or the freedom to follow my passion for travel and connecting with people. But I was terrified to try anything. A college dropout, I knew I would hit a glass ceiling in the corporate world. Yet I had neither the time or money to afford more education. I has resigned myself to thinking cynically about my future. Talking to my co workers nearing retirement I saw my future as retiring on a little more than social security. It was obvious speaking to them that despite all the hype around retirement plan they weren’t working in reality.
It sucked. It was a pathetic existence spending so much of my life doing something I didn’t enjoy."
And at his lowest point, he was forced to make a decision.
He was fired from his company, broke and clueless to his talents and passions.
So he did something.
And then something else and by trial and error discovered what it took to build his first million dollar business.
And now if you were to ask him what the secret of success is he will say "Keep it simple. Provide more value than you take...your income is really defined by your value to society!”
So is it mind-set that holds so many people down, or a fear of trying something new?
And does he feel that he started at the right time in his life, or could he have started even earlier on his entrepreneurial journey?
Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only home flipping entrepreneur Mr Ace Chapman
Mon, 25 May 2015
Todays guest is a lady who quite openly states that she has always done things unconventionally starting from not going to school as a child, to still holding the record of not having a “proper job” even once.
But don't think that this is a tale about a lady who simply doesn't want to work.
No this is a tale about a lady, who has been forced to live her life in a very specific way to due to health issues that have affected her since a small girl.
At the age of 16 she lost one of her lungs, and was diagnosed with Crohns Disease coupled with a form of rheumatoid arthritis and spondylitis.
Essentially, even if she wanted to hold down a full time job, then her body would not allow her to do so, which allowed her first steps on the path she is on today to start to appear before her
She asked herself "How many others are out there thinking there is no better way to live or that they can’t follow their passions due to illness or a physical condition?
As she says "It all made sense to me, the dots joined up on my unconventional upbringing that I could live in London, one of the most expensive cities in the world by leveraging my unconventional thinking.
She has now created a community where other such inspirational people could share their stories and bring together a new understanding of what it means to live with a chronic condition at Chronically Driven.
So how has she taken this idea and turned it into income?
And does she now see her illnesses as a hindrance or a blessing that has led her to where she wants to be?
Well let's bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Bhavani Esapathi
Sat, 23 May 2015
Todays bonus episode of Join Up Dots touches in on a subject that although we talk about it everyday, is somehow difficult to answer.
What Stands Between You And Complete Happiness?
Well lets start with the email that we have received............
Loving the little bonus episodes of Join Up Dots....keep them up.
And of course still do the other ones too!
I was reading an article the other day and the author posed a good question, and as you have asked for listeners to drop you a line if they have questions my question is this....
What do you believe stands between you and complete happiness?
Direct download: What_Is_Standing_Between_You_And_Complete_Happiness.mp3
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Fri, 22 May 2015
Todays guest on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots is a fellow podcaster who has a great mission in life.
He is a man who is becoming an expert in helping couples find the spark in their once vibrant relationships.
He helps build bridges where there are chasms to cross.
He inspires conversation where there is simply silence.
And he encourages bedroom passions, where there are just snores and sleeping.
But if this sounds like a man who has lived a life of perfect relationships and harmonious connections leading towards the perfect career then think again.
As he says "Early in life, I learned about the heartache that comes when love doesn’t work.
Coming into this world, I was fatherless, and the youngest of three. Life in Medellin, Colombia wasn’t easy.
My Mother was 25 years old, addicted to cocaine, and didn’t have any interest in taking care of her three kids.
When I was five years old my Mother was murdered. I was homeless for three years until I was finally adopted.
My life was transformed! I had a Mother, Father, and was surrounded by a loving family in America.
Soon after though, my adopted parents divorced. I was left confused and feeling like I couldn’t rely on love.
I made up my mind that love doesn’t last and turned to spirituality for the connection I was seeking. For nearly a decade, I devoted my life to becoming a monk. My path into spirituality taught me a great deal—But no matter how much I learned there was something missing.
That all changed when I met my first love. With her I found what I was searching for. I found someone I could be completely authentic and open with and someone who could see all of me. Falling in love was one of the most amazing experiences. It was much more than any meditation or spiritual experience could offer.
Then she broke my heart and left."
So he has had some serious moments in his ife, which could have left him saying "Why me?....Whats the point in loving?"
But instead he has been left with "How can I help you?" which is allowing him to gain more and more success and of course time freedom
Well let's bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only solopreneur himself. The health expert Luis Congdon.
Wed, 20 May 2015
Todays guest inspirational entrepreneur joining me for an hour of discussion on Join Up Dots, is a lady with a fascinating path to where she is today.
Back in 2009 her country was in disarray.
Iceland had suffered a huge economic crash, and financially was on its knees.
So she was asked to play a leading career role, working with the nations leaders, who collectively worked together to reinvigorate the country following the crash.
The group tapped into the values and future vision of the island nation and transformed Iceland’s economy by branding their uniqueness, what they do the best, or their X-factor, as she calls it.
Seeing first hand the immediate benefit and long-term results of a whole nation working collectively to discover who they authentically are, the outcome of this unique assembly became one of the cornerstones of her successful business branding process.
She has transformed her own career success, and currently dedicates her work to supporting global leaders and their teams to brand their own X-Factor to unleash their fullest potential while discovering their own flow in business and life.
Now if that sounds a bit highbrow, then let's hear how she phrases it in her own unique way "Finding the thing that makes you unique is often right in front of your tits"
Having the motivation to look deep with yourself to find the thing that will make your career so enjoyable.
Which I love and totally understand, and when you my trusted listener understand this statement you will wonder how you had never seen the thing right in front of yourself too.
So does she look back and now wonder why it took a national disaster for her to reinvent herself and find her own x-factor?
And does life become more and more fun, when you do step bolding into your own areas of genius?
Well let's bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only super entrepreneur Runa Magnus.
Mon, 18 May 2015
When I asked todays entrepreneur to come on the show and share with us how she has created a career that gives her success and freedom everyday, she responded with "thank you so much for your delicious invitation, I love delicious conversations, wishing you a delicious day"
Yes this lady loves the word delicious, and it's not a surprise that she uses such a gushing word, as she is loving her life and what she gets to do everyday.
She has been having entrepreneurial adventures since 1980.
Initially, they were vicarious adventures while she worked directly with CEOs of small businesses.
As she says "I call those years my “entrepreneurial boot camp” experience."
I didn't really know what type of career it was that I wanted.
Then after earning her MBA in 1989 she went to work at a large national bank as a corporate lender for three years.
But can now see that this was not a culture she could ever thrive in … it’s a risk adverse environment, after all… but as she says "I felt it was important to add strong financial analysis and credibility to my resume, so I made the sacrifice. "
However in 1992 she to the leap of faith and left the banking industry and began her entrepreneurial career… and what a ride it’s been!
From a boot-strapped consulting business to an $8 million venture backed dot com business, to a food manufacturing business funded by angel money, to a highly interactive online business fueled by a charming personality and a strong sense of humor… it’s been a wild and exciting journey.
So where did she get the adventurous spirit which has allowed her to take risks that lead to high rewards?
And looking back and joining up the dots, does the sacrifice she made leading towards her big leap when working in the bank seem necessary, or was it a step away from her true path the job that she really was deserving to get?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only business expert Ande Lyons.
Sat, 16 May 2015
Todays bonus episode highlights a solution to a problem that so many entrepreneurs struggle with. What is the perfect time to GO! In this episode David Ralph answers a listeners email and gives a blueprint for success.
Fri, 15 May 2015
Today's guest entrepreneur is a man who is rocking and rolling in his life and doing something that we talk about time and time again on Join Up Dots.
He is a man working on the leap of faith, building up momentum and profile in his life, as he works towards his big goal.
Creating an inspiring lifestyle of money, success and of course time freedom.
And that is going to be the part that will interest me, as this guy has become a friend to me, and I have no idea as to what his big goal is ultimately going to be.
Starting his career as a Teacher for Thea Bowman Leadership Academy, he has a history of teaching and coaching, and is now the Assistant Principal in Gary Indiana.
But behind the scenes, he was finding time to build his own company OK! Kimonos, where he sells a wide range of merchandise linked to Martial Arts
But believe me if you think that you haven't got time in your life to do what you want to do then this guy will make you reassess your own efforts.
He is working full time, training, running GiReviews.net, writing for Jiu Jitsu Mag, running Ok! Kimonos, writing guest posts,and running his own wildly successful podcast "Entrepreneurs And Coffee podcast"
So how does he do all this?
How does he find the motivation to pack so much into his life and still have time for his wife and kids, and of course for himself?
And does he see all the different areas pulling together, or will he have to make the decision to focus in one thing or the other?
Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only top entrepreneur and career builder Brendan Hufford.
Wed, 13 May 2015
Todays guest solopreneur is a man who was introduced to me by the great Matthew Pollard who appeared on episode of 344 of Join Up Dots.
He said "David, you have to have this great bloke on your show he is the best" and aren't I glad I said "jump onboard"
As he has fascinating story that started when a Brazilian missionary handed him a tattered 1979 copy of "Quest for the Best."
And his life changed forever.
As he says "While my peers were the 90s' equivalent of "Twilight," I was devouring books on economics, biographies, success stories, business management, entrepreneurship, and anything else business-related. I couldn't get enough"
And did this inspire his love for everything entrepreneurial, or just help him find the thing that he could love enough to risk the old leap of faith?
Well we will find out during the show, but its true to say, that he did leap and left conventional employment to start an IT services company with a co-worker (still successfully in business today), and during the start-up phase, found he could support his family by taking on copywriting projects to bring in some extra cash
And I love this part of the story, as it links literally every episode of join up dots, as these two passions fell in love with each other, and after a quick getting to know each other stage, produced an amazing offspring.
Our guest gave birth to his fulltime career combining his two loves—business and writing—he decided to pursue a full-time career as a business writer and he hasn't looked back since.
So was he an avid reader when he was a kid, or did he need to find the moment when the written word was right for him?
And does he see the old mantra of "find your passion and you will never work again" as true, or it is more like the passion will find you?
Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Derek Lewis
Mon, 11 May 2015
Todays amazing guest entrepreneur joining us on Join Up Dots is a New Zealander that has started, built, bought and sold half a dozen businesses in a range of industries across two continents.
He has hustle muscle flooding though every vein, as he has powered himself to being classed as one of the most connected people in Asia, whilst enduring his fair share of painful crashes too!
He has built an inspiring career as the owner of Fitness-Buffet a company delivering employee wellness solutions in 11 countries, and he is also the CEO of Entrevo Asia, a company that runs 40 week Growth Accelerator programs allowing executives and business owners to become a ‘Key Person of Influence’ in their industry.
A company whose vision is a world full of entrepreneurial people solving meaningful problems.
But this is just part of the inspiration that links his story, as when you look at his background, there seems to be a strong decision maker, who is willing to take calculated risks to build the future that we wants.
He is willing to do the unusal if it steps him forward to were he wants to be, starting way back in 1999 when he co founded Netherlands based Telco Management consultancy and recruitment company, which to me is a fascinating moment in his life.
Wouldn't it have been easier to start building in his hometown and country of birth, or perhaps he did, and we have even more dots to join up in his life.
Well lets find out what makes this guy tick, as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only lifestyle solopreneur himself Callum Laing.
Fri, 8 May 2015
Todays guest solopreneur, is a lady who is demonstrating hustle in many different fields, and is someone who has a claim to fame that I have never shared on any episode of Join Up Dots.
She is a lady whose career has literally been formed to inspire the world to make music, with more songs written for and about her than anyone else in the history of time.
From the Smashing Pumpkins, Depeche Mode, Erasure, The Cure, Nirvana, Coldplay, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, U2, and even the main man himself David Bowie who has written more than one.
And its not surprising that so many people have found the inspiration by her, as she has a freedom of spirit and an enthusiasm to make our world, and the lives of all of us on it as good as it can be.
She is a huge advocate of living free, and preventing aging, but not by having nips and tucks done everywhere, but instead keeping your spirit youthful to celebrate
As she says " AGING is a CHOICE. Each time you buy into aging you are actually CHOOSING it. If you blow out 40 candles on your cake and think, “Ok now I am 40″ with a set of expectations of what that means, you CREATE it. When we blow out candles on OUR cake, we think, “YAY I AM 23 for the 17th year in a row!!!” It sure makes one pretty good at being 23"
But as a surfer, film maker, health advocate, entrepreneur and of course a musical muse of the worlds biggest artists then she is someone who is packing in a huge amount of value to everyday.
So we can literally go in any direction in todays show, and deliver the kind of success content that we simply love bringing to our listeners.
So did she always see her life going in such a direction, or was she like the rest of us on a totally different path when she first started?
And its obvious to her that the world are holding themselves back from their true potential in life?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots on the Steve Jobs inspired podcast with the one and only Veronica Grey.
Thu, 7 May 2015
In todays Bonus episode we answer an email for Karen Linders in Australia, who asked the following question
I am an avid listerner of the show, and love the way your onversations are deep, insightful but great fun too, and im trying to think big and then think bigger as you suggest.
The problem is I don't seem to be able to truly believe in myself to do this.
Do you have any suggestions
Wed, 6 May 2015
Todays guest on Join Up Dots has been using the power of the spoken word for over three decades
For over 30 years, corporate leaders, actors, sales teams, and professionals in all areas of the marketplace have relied on her training to assist them with reaching their goals of speaking more powerfully, selling with finesse, and leading with inspiration.
But this isn't a lady who has simply come through the corporate route, standing in front of bored directors in the boardrooms of the world.
No, this is a veteran performer of film, television and theatre, who has trod the boards, appeared in hit shows, and movies too.
But it seems to me that a key moment in her life wasn't whilst she was in the spotlight, as such but instead when being hired by a corporation over 25 years ago
The hiring guy looked at her resume and said to her “Leave out the words ‘acting techniques.’ We don’t act here,"
To which she replied, “Oh, I beg to differ. You act every day. All business people have a role to play and the key to success lies in their performance.”
And, by “acting” I don’t mean faking, pretending or imitating. I DO mean, delivering a message or script or any communication with authenticity, passion, energy and animation"
Wow, that was a ballsy response to someone wanting be hired.
So is that a clear indication of what you get from this lady, or was this another example of acting and delivering a message?
Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Laurie Burton
Mon, 4 May 2015
Todays guest on Join Up Dots, is an expert in self-esteem, empowering people to experience long-lasting real happiness from the inside out.
She does this by teaching them how to feel good about themselves just because, and to stop defining their value by what they have done or not done and what they have or don’t have.
Her mission and passion is to make a contribution to society by making a difference in the way people see themselves; especially those who have given up on life.
As the founder and owner of a outpatient substance abuse program, Focus One, she has treated thousands of troubled individuals from all walks of life for the past 25 or so years.
Many of these individuals were referred as the result of a drug- and/or alcohol-related offenses.
Others came to her voluntarily because their lives were falling apart.
They were depressed, angry, anxious, unhappy, discontent, their relationships were a mess, they were in financial trouble and/or they had an addiction to someone or something.
It was through working with these patients that she discovered a lack of self-esteem because society had taught them to be other-dependent.
They felt that they would find happiness in other things, not within themselves.
Which lead her to begin looking at her own life in my personal quest for happiness, she made some very interesting discoveries on the way.
So why do we all assume that outside influences are the way to to true happiness?
And can she see this issue getting worse and worse as we all find it so much easier to see the achievements of others across the world?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Dr.Patricia Noll.
Fri, 1 May 2015
Hi there, you maybe wondering why today I have dropped my English accent and sound more like Elvis Presley on steroids, but I'm Dwain Scott the host of the Shifting Work podcast and todays episode is a little different.
In fact there is a fair chance that this will never occur again, but todays guest a year ago was sitting nervously waiting to start a new adventure.
He was ready to press launch and bring to you the show that is Join Up Dots with David Ralph.
He had never hosted his own show, didn't know one end of a microphone to another, and as for interviewing the mover and shakers of the world was a complete novice.
But the one thing that he did know was that he had a dream to build a platform that would inspire the world to leave their cubicles, forget about the daily commute, and go for their dreams.
And now over 365 episodes later, we thought it was time to share with you the journey that he has been on.
To show you how you can quite simply do anything you want, if you are willing to take risks, flex your hustle muscle and step into the unknown.
And with a history working in London and finance, and being a trainer and a coach within offices in the UK, becoming the host of an online show was certainly a step into the unknown.
So what was it about creating a show that so appealed to him over a year ago?
And has it been plain sailing, or tougher than he could have possibly known?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only David Ralph.
Wed, 29 April 2015
It's with great delight that we bring onto the show today a man who had a similar background to myself.
He began his career in the City Of London as a broker, and after a period of time knew that his time had come, to go after what lights him up inside.
In fact it was a lot worse than that, as he actually became chronically depressed and knew that he had to do something about the way his life was going.
And wow didn't he do just that, as now he is a global adventurer, motivational speaker & philanthropist.
He gave up this image of corporate success for a life on the road, which came about after being inspired by the movie The Motorcycle Diaries.
The days of living and working behind his ‘slab of wood’ were well and truly over.
His new passion: Finding ways for your inner rebel (that voice that tells you, you are worth so much more than you think) to come out and play.
As he says "The inner rebel tells you that your life is yours. And anything you dream of is possible. Anything. And that the fuel for all this delicious potential is simple: Kindness and harnessing the power of human connection. And. Doing it all with a smile on your face and a spring in your step!"
So how did he take that first step when so many people would have thought that he had cracked it already?
And does he look back at his past life, and know that this was just one of his dots that he had to go through to get to where he is today?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the inspirational Leon Logothetis.
Tue, 28 April 2015
This is a bonus episode explaining the reasons to why the shows format has changed and what it means to you the listener. I truly appreciate the way you connect with the show and I look forward to providing more of the content that you want moving forward
Tue, 28 April 2015
Todays guest entrepreneur showing how to build their own perfect careers, is a lady who when it comes to looking good, and feeling great she has it down big time.
She has her fingers on the pulse on what it takes to make ladies feel good about themselves.
Which, coming from a house full of ladies like I do, must be an almost impossible job.
Graduating from Washington University in St. Louis she earned her Master’s Degree from Columbia University, in 2009 and went straight in to the entrepreneurial route.
Yep, unless what I have researched is wrong, there was no way that our guest was going to be an employee sitting in a cubicle for nine hours, and she strode boldly into the world of freelance.
But the fascinating thing is that from March to June 2009, she started three ventures which are still going strong today, freelancing for the StyleCaster, TheLuxurySpot and of course being the CEO of TheBeautyBean.com
The latter being the place where her readers get an intimate and expansive look at beauty, health and wellness without the focus on weight loss, dieting and the number on the scale.
She currently lives in Los Angeles (although she’s still a New Yorker at heart!), and seems to have been born with more hustle muscle than the average.
Which is great to creating the kind of lifestyle that give her freedom to enjoy her life.
So does she see that the self-esteem issues that ladies have is something that is getting worse as time goes on?
And does she see those same issues in herself or has she beaten them into submission?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show, to start joining up dots with the one and only beauty expert and entrepreneur Alexis Wolfer.
Mon, 27 April 2015
In her more than 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur and corporate leader, she has served as the CEO of both public and private companies and also in management positions at Fortune 500 companies.
She has been on the advisory boards of Illuminate Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm based in Menlo Park, California; Pereg Ventures, a venture capital firm based in New York; Springboard Enterprises based in Washington, DC; and Women Innovate Mobile (WIM) accelerators based in New York.
But nowadays it is really as a speaker and author of business books such as How to Be a Power Connector: The 5+50+100 Rule for Turning Your Business Network into Profits , a book that provides instant, effective strategies for meeting the people you need to know and bonding with them fast to further your goals and theirs.
As she says, "I'm all about dots -most people don't have, cant connect the ones they've got or more importantly don't leverage for the good of all. Sad because nothing happens without people and all resources are connected to them. With seven billion folks on earth, $369 trillion in global private wealth, countless opportunities and information doubling in less than six months - there is no scarcity of resources to achieve any dream!"
So what is it about reaching out to others that is simply a gamechanger?
And why of course do so many people feel that they don't have value to provide in return, so will run scared of reaching out?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Judy Robinett
Sun, 26 April 2015
Todays guest is a lady who for many years has travelled the world reporting on the issues that affect women and girls across the globe.
Many of them being harrowing treatment, abuse, rape and unneeded suppression.
She is a Human rights activist, journalist and award-winning author and has stepped into zones of conflict all over the world.
From Bosnia and Somalia to the Middle East, Rwanda, Congo and Afghanistan, her eye witness reports have earned her awards including the Gold Award from the National Magazine Awards Foundation, and the Author's Award from the Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters.
Born in 1943 in Montreal, Quebec as a high school physical education teacher, she was involved in the inception of what would later become the magazine Canadian Living.
Whilst in 1988, she became the editor-in-chief of Homemakers magazine, a position she held until 1999.
But she is best known for her work as a journalist, where her principal focus being on on the lives of women and girls in Afghanistan during the extremist rule of the Taliban from 1996 to 2001 and during the country’s present efforts to rebuild itself.
Her bestseller, Veiled Threat (2002), shows her strong belief in the power of individuals to work together to create change.
As she says" There has been no good news, until now. There’s a shift happening – women are moving toward a tipping point. “Everyone – from presidents to pollsters and economists to policy wonks – are predicting that women are the way forward”
So how did she find herself stepping boldly away from Canada, and into areas that if we are to believe the news should be the last places a lady would want to go?
And does she see a time when she will slow down on the global focus, and become more local in her efforts?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Sally Armstrong.
Sat, 25 April 2015
Sometimes you can't see the path that you should be on, even though you are on the right path.
And that seems to be the case with today's guest entrepreneur joining up their success on Join Up Dots.
This is a man who started working in an environment just as a job, and then found that he loved the very thing that he was surrounding himself.
He found his thing in the world of sales, and now calls himself a "Sales Evangelist" and gets his message of the best sales techniques and personal stories of success out to the world on his very own show "The Sales Evangelist Podcast"
He wants to bring the best tips and advice from the most experienced sellers to the struggling and overwhelmed sales executives, that fail to see that the perfect closure of a sale, isn't a forced sale, but one where the customers wont let you go without signing on the dotted line.
But this story is one of those that I find so fascinating on join up dots, and bridges the gap between the listeners and the successful entrepreneurs and movers and shakers.
As he is still on a daily basis hustling like mad to make the future that he deserves.
He still works fulltime for Advance Processing and Imaging in Florida, and when he isn't in the Florida sun with his lovely wife will be work on the slide of faith, leading to the big leap.
So does he find it a struggle to balance his life as a sales coach, podcast host, and an award winning speaker with his everday commitments?
And what has he found as the hardest part of starting a new venture...the idea, or the action?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Donald Kelly
Fri, 24 April 2015
Today's guest is a lady that I heard on a show, and loved the passion for life, and the leap of faith that she took so dramatically.
Several years ago, she was diagnosed with clinical depression and suffering from drug addictions, eating disorders and corporate burnout, she hit rock bottom.
And in that position of rock bottom, in that darkness she found the light.
She realized she had the power to bring herself to happiness…and that is exactly what she did.
Yep leap of faith time came beckoning, and she left her high-powered job in advertising to follow her heart and engage in the work she does today.
Now this isn't a story, when as soon as she landed from the leap she hit the ground running and had it all planned out.
She started her journey, and began documenting her odyssey on the website she had built "playwiththeworld.com."
And now her dream to be a writer, happy, inspired and and of course an inspiration to many across the world has come true, and she is the bestselling author of Find Your Happy, an Inspirational Guide to Loving Life to Its Fullest, and a six-time contributing author to Chicken Soup for The Soul.
Her work has been recognized in media outlets across the world such as Good Morning America, Good Day New York, Inside Edition, HuffPost Live, Health Magazine and Australian Vogue and she is an online columnist for Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen, Healing Lifestyles & Spas and The Daily Love.
Wow, everything she does is to help us connect with our true self and without apology to live your authentic purpose.
She teaches people how to courageously follow their heart.
So can she remember the night before she went into her advertising job and told them all.."I'm off to follow my heart"?
And does she see now the world with different, knowing eyes, and cant quite understand why the rest are struggling to see things the same way?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Shannon Kaiser
Thu, 23 April 2015
Todays guest was born and raised in Long Island, New York, and became a graduate of Yale University in 2004 where she gained a B.A, with distinction in Latin American Studies.
And according to her profile she then began working straight afterwards as an intern for Chimpanzee Productions, where she assisted in the making of the feature-length documentary "The Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela."
Later after working for Viacom for four years producing educational on-air and web videos for Nickelodeon, she moved on to film school and went after additional education in the area that she had been working.
She decided that she needed more tuition in film production, when so many people would be saying that's job done...time to be and adult and earn the bucks, this time she studied M.F.A, Film & Media Production.
And this time it seems to have been the lost block to the career that she truly wanted, and could see clearly in front of her.
Both sets of knowledge gained at Yale and Texas came together, and she has since directed and produced numerous short documentary and narrative films focusing on racial identity and belonging.
Her documentary film, Still Black, At Yale, screened at over twenty international film festivals and educational conferences including the Pan African Film Festival and the San Francisco Black Film Festival
Whilst even Forbes recognized her innovative film-based wellness efforts calling her work the “Smartest, Sexiest Workout Videos Ever.”
And believe me I have watched them, and had to have a cold shower afterwards.
So how did she find the thing that she truly wanted in her life, luck, hard work, or a bit of both?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Monique Walton
Wed, 22 April 2015
Todays guest is someone who is marching on with his life, with something that many of us would consider a huge hindrance.
In fact a total game stopper.
He is a totally blind business owner, blogger, sometimes podcaster, and newly self published author.
Born into a family of carnival owners in Texas, USA, he lost his sight at age 12.
But having a natural gusto for life this didn't hold him back, and he graduated college, before working in the family business alongside his brothers until his father tragically succumbed to lung cancer.
Faced with his own mortality, he made some life-altering changes, undergoing gastric surgery to lost over 250 pounds.
He started his own business, buying and selling amusement rides, and learned how to blog using software for visually-impaired people.
Overcoming many obstacles, he has made a name for himself online and now shares his experiences on The Blind Blogger.
And with the companionship of his crazy Dalmation-mix, Penny, he now spends his days singing, reading, blogging, writing, creating videos, and coaching, and of course inspiring everyone he comes in contact with.
So does he remember when he first realized that he was slowly losing his sight as a young man?
And does he find now that his life has found the path that feels right because of it, and not despite of of it?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Maxwell Ivey
Tue, 21 April 2015
Today's guest is a man who started really making momentum in his life in the simplest of ways.
He heard a quote that we have heard so many times in life, and more than once on Join Up Dots and this time he was ready for the message.
At the beginning of 2014, he heard Jim Rohns quote, “you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with” and found that this quote would transform his life!
Since then, he has focused on surrounding himself with people who are where he wanted to be in 10-15 years, and what a difference it has made!
And in just twelve months he has since seen his income slashed by 40% and being surrounded by the wrong people, to being directly advised by the CEO's of major companies.
And these are guys that are rocking and rolling and really doing amazing stuff, such as the CEO of the sports agency the movie Jerry Maguire was based, the founder of the Make-A-Wish Foundation to name just two.
But the great thing about this is that this isn't a guy who has all the time in the world, as he doing all of us whilst holding down a steady job.
So how has he done all of this and still managed to hold down his daily job?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show, to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Geoff Woods.
Mon, 20 April 2015
Todays guest on Join Up Dots is going to give us a different perspective to a story which we have already told back on a previous episode of Join Up Dots.
His girlfriend and business partner Julie Gohring, came on the show on episode 330, and told us how together with todays guest she has created a life splashing around happily on the beaches of Costa Rica.
But it isn’t all about having great fun and the life that he wants.
Yes, he is passionate about using fitness and health to enrich peoples lives.
As he says “I’ve been an athlete my entire life which has given me a unique set of tools to educate and motivate others to live healthier, fitter and more joyous lives.
I love training on the beach and getting after it in the gym. Good nutrition (most of the time) solid recovery, and a little mindfulness practice round out my core beliefs.
Surfing lights me up inside and motivates me to eat well, train hard, and stay well rested.
I believe we all can find that activity that keeps us active and puts a smile on our face. And i’m here to help you discover it for yourself.”
But this isn’t a tale of someone just playing to their strengths and it all comes together effortlessly.
This is a story of someone making big decisions, and tackling his own mind chatter head on, as he transitioned from San Francisco and paradise, and a life that looks too good to be true.
So how did he free himself from the naysayers, and doom mongers that will have thought “You can’t have a life on the beach…..that is what vacations are for, not work?”
And does he see the beach as the ultimate place for building a business based on your passions, just for the fact that if you can do it there you will believe you can do it anywhere?
Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Nick Holt
Sun, 19 April 2015
Born in the city of Fayetteville, North Carolina, our guest today is a singer, songwriter, mother and wife.
And a musician, who is looking to inspire the world with the power of her voice.
And when you hear her voice, you can tell that she is someone who has experienced life.
She has had a fascinating journey of personal struggles and challenges which could have easily derailed her and put her on a totally different path to where she is today.
Though still evolving as an artist, her unique gift of music has opened many doors for her.
She has worked with a number of industry veterans such as Troy Patterson, Emanuel Seal (Mariah Carey, Usher) and the Clemons Brothers (Dru Hill, Mary J. Blige, Out of Eden).
All of these roads have led to a place of peace in her life and music, and a clear focus to where her life is going.
And as she says " My mission and ultimate goal is to establish a foundation that will inspire and build young women with low self esteem and past traumatic experiences, to reach for destiny and to fulfill their purpose”.
So was she always a lady who loved nothing more than belting out the big gospel numbers as a kid?
Or has her talent been as much of a surprise to her than anyone else?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Tay Clemons.
Sat, 18 April 2015
Today guest on Join Up Dots is an author who has written several books looking at the way that we operate in the realms of personal development.
Winning many raving fans, who lap up his easy conversational style, he breaks down the kind of issues that hold us back, such as self esteem, mindset, and other such stuff.
But the interesting thing to me, is it doesn’t look like he was someone who knew at the beginning of his career that he was going to be an author of note.
Take him back in time and it looks as if his early working life, was one of trying to find his thing.
As he quite literally whizzed through job after job, with many only lasting for a few months at a time.
Yep he worked for banks, customer service departments, and even a taxi cab company as he worked at finding the first big dot.
He worked at finding the dot that started leading to where he is today.
And that seemed to begin with three letters NLP
He became a student of the mind and for the next 15 years found his audience, his value, and his wealth, as he in his own words “I used over 15 years experience in using personal change psychology to help people make radical changes in their perceptions, thinking styles, emotions and beliefs. My goals are to help clients have personal breakthroughs in their everyday effectiveness, and especially to help people who have a ‘vision’ for making themselves and the community-world around them a better place.”
So is he in a much better place now, due to those many jobs he had in the beginning or because of what he has done since?
And where can he see his life going, bigger and bigger dreams, or cementing the position that he has found?
Well lets find out, as we start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Joshua Cartwright.
Fri, 17 April 2015
Just recently it was a delight to be asked to be a guest on a really fun show to do called "Conversations with a Genius"
Yep, I know don't ask, but suffice to say that they didn't check me out well enough and I managed to crawl under the wire and get on the show.
And I had such a great time, I thought lets reciprocate by bringing the host onto join up some dots with me.
But let's tell you about him, as he is a man that has had hustle muscle running through him at such an early age, and you can see that a lot of this was as a direct result of growing up as poor white child in the south Phoenix ghetto.
Being raised by an amazing single mom with no money and a whole lot of hope.
And these formative years can either go two ways.
One you can accept your lot, and stay in that situation, or two fight back.
And our guest did just that an embarked on a series of jobs, as he fought his way back to where he is today
As he says "For the last 17 years I have started, built and sold businesses. I have had a ton of fun, learned a lifetime of business genius, and even enjoyed some pretty cool financial rewards. I have also had more than my fair share of cursing, shaking my fist at the heavens, and sitting in a ball in the corner rocking and crying. I have invested thousands of hours (and dollars) devouring books, courses, podcast, articles, blogs, and the like on how to be a successful business owner."
Well it now looks like it is all coming together for him, and why not, if you put in the effort and take consistent action everyday.
So when he was a janitor, sleeping in cars everyday, did he truly believe that he could get to where his is today?
And does he see now that his Mother could have done things differently, or was it just lack of awareness and time that held her back?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show, to start joining up dots with the one and only Mike Campion.
Thu, 16 April 2015
Todays guest on Join Up Dots has a story that so many ladies, and I suppose men can resonate with.
For many years she has battled with the issue that many people struggle with each time they look into the mirror.
Her body did not look like how she wanted it to look, and no matter how many diets, exercise sessions and days starving herself she went through, it was never good enough.
Upon leaving High School she realised that she wanted to lose some weight, in fact 30 pounds and set about doing that for the next two years.
But growing up she was never taught the importance of eating healthily or exercising.
So she was utterly lost on where to start.
But what happens when you realise that the battle is not the way to go?
What happens when a person comes into your life that can lose weight by having fun and living?
Well this happened with our guest and as she says" He was “Live In The Moment King” and his life philosophy was get out, have fun and live like there’s no tomorrow. This was uncharted waters for me and super scary, to be honest. I was definitely your typical “Type A.” Checklist, to-dos and well-thought-out plans were the foundation of my life (if I could’ve planned my entire life, I probably would’ve). But I was so sick and tired of living with the perpetual abusive thoughts that I was willing to set my fear aside and start *really* living, no matter how scary it felt."
And now the transformation is amazing as we will discuss on todays show.
So is it about being in a state of fear and challenging yourself, that really gets the juices flowing and help bring about weight loss?
Or is it just that by focusing in on other things you realise the best things occur naturally, and not by forcing the issue?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Nichole Kellerman Wurth.
Wed, 15 April 2015
Todays guest taps into something on a daily basis that we also talk about on a daily basis.
The connection between being an adult and the child we once were.
You see, as we discuss on Join Up Dots there was once a time in our life, when we free and able to dream big.
We could sleep well at night, and wake up rested, ready for another day of big dreams, fantasy lives, and well being a kid.
And our guest came to the same realisation although from a slightly different route.
You see our guest left college and along with his wife entered the “real world” and quickly noticed a few things.
Like the fact that a shocking number of grown-ups are inflicted with Adultitis.
They looked around and thought, “Hey, kids don’t ever seem to be very stressed out – what do they know that we don’t?”
As they say " The “Adulthood” we encourage people to escape from is the one they create for themselves when they assume childhood is nothing more than a stage of life, a hermetically-sealed portion of their past.
It is the Adulthood with all the stupid rules, the one that demands we always do the safe and prudent thing, that we earn play through hard work, and that we must always, without exception, take ourselves way too seriously.
Yeah, that’s the Adulthood that sucks.
This desire for escape is not new. But too often our attempts are limited to cheap thrills, strong drinks, or mindless entertainment.
We believe there’s a better way."
Well lets find out what that better way is, because I feel they have already got believer in me.
So its with delight that we get to bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Jason Kotecki
Tue, 14 April 2015
Todays guest is a man who for over a decade chased the Hollywood Dream. Hustling like mad as a writer to get that breakthrough that would make everything possible in his life
However he hit a crisis point on New Year’s Eve of The Millennium when he became terrified that 5+ years of driving a taxi to survive would be irreversible career suicide.
He quit writing, dove into an intense transformational period of self-help and personal development work, and focussed on making money for the next 8 years, becoming fat and happy.
As the economy collapsed in 2008, Clint was at a men’s self-help meeting when the shaman pointed at Clint across the yellow and orange crackling flames of the camp-fire and said, “You don’t know it yet, but you’re already dead.”
Well that is one of those comments that you can either take two ways.
One...."What the hell is this man talking about, its quite obvious that I'm not dead!"
Or two.........what our guest today did.
He took it as inspiration to change his life like never before and in 2009, he made sure that he was going to live as if it was going to be his last year on earth
He lost 40-lbs, built a factory which allowed his business to thrive during The Great Recession and beyond, wrote his first bestseller and revived his crumbling marriage.
But rest assured this is not a story about a man who simply got lucky.
This is a story about a man who took courgagoues decisions, and consistent action which led to a remarkable life.
So does he see the turn round as simply a change in mindset, or is it much more than that?
And does he look back and think, if only I started earlier, or did he need to go through the rough times, to get to the true waiting path?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Clint Arthur.
Mon, 13 April 2015
There comes a time with doing a show like Join Up Dots, when you meet someone who starts off as purely a guest and then they become a personal friend, and that is certainly the case with todays guest.
Back on episode 93 of Join Up Dots, he spoke with passion as to his journey to the success that he has had in life.
From living on noodles everyday, to achieving his first million, from turning his fathers business into a success, to finding himself wondering what success means to him.
It was a great conversation that showed that anyone can start from nothing and work towards success, as long as you are conscious of the actions that you need to take.
And that word conscious has become the key word to his whole branding.
He believes that it is up to us to make decisions, make plans, and focus on where we want to end up.
And not simply to give it passing thoughts when we aren't doing anything.
But to be truly conscious of everything we need to do to achieve our dream life's.
And now with the relaunch of his best selling book, Conscious Millionare: Grow Your Business By Making A Difference he is bringing this message to the masses once again.
And taking huge action to ensure his aims come true, claiming his full power.
As he says "The exact moment you make a conscious decision to stop believing that life is happening to you and begin taking conscious control over your destiny, you start reclaiming your
power. This is what it means to become conscious: it is assuming full responsibility for what you achieve and the fulfillment you have along your journey."
So we have so much to discuss, as we help you all to achieve your full power.
So its with great delight that I get to bring onto the show, once more, the one and only Mr JV Crum III
Sun, 12 April 2015
Todays guest on Join Up Dots is a lady that I was told three or four times "Have you had her on the show now"
And looking back through the archives I realised with shame that I hadn't, so it with delight that she is now.
As she is a lady that can shed light on a problem that we all suffer with this (or at least those of us that don't know that there is a different way)
As she says "Are you someone who is burned out from working hard for many years yet afraid to step back out of fear of losing all you've gained?
Are your work obligations keeping you from having deeply meaningful relationships with your family and friends?
Do you feel stuck in a situation that takes everything you've got yet know there has to be more to life...an ultimate state of joy, satisfaction, and fulfilment. Maybe you've found yourself fantasizing about the possibilities but still nothing changes.
I want you to know you don't have to stay in this stressful state of mind and that relief is possible."
So how did she come to this realisation that there was another way?
Well as she shares "I spent 22+ years working in the world of finance, pouring myself into earning a high salary, collecting great bonuses and moving up the ladder.
This worked for a while and I reached great success, even becoming a millionaire by 37. However, after facing a major life crisis followed by several tragedies, the luster started to wane and the material success wasn't enough to fill the growing void inside...which left me wondering if I could ever have both inner fulfilment and outer wealth."
So does she feel that you have to go through these tough times, to truly find the lightness in your life?
Is this the way that life operates and we learn more from the stresses and hardships?
Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Leisa Peterson.
Sat, 11 April 2015
Todays guest on Join Up Dots is a man who believes each person is potentially an expert in something. So he mentors and trains professionals, small business owners and anyone who wants to build their expert platform, on how to more effectively build and market their services and expertise to the marketplace.
His vision is to create a community connecting life and business experts to the marketplace.
As he says " A perfect world is finding relationships that can create true win/win. And that is what I look for, a truly reciprocal relationship where both sides benefit. Sometimes you like someone and would love to find a way to work with them, but there just isn’t enough common ground to make it work."
Well with a track record of working and being more than work colleagues with such well known names as Jim Rhon, Brian Tracy, Zig Ziglar, Les Brown to name just a few, he is obviously a man who knows how to attract and most importantly support the people of influence.
And what I loved about the information that I read about him was this simple statement "If you can be valuable, especially to valuable people, you will attract great things."
In 1993 he founded and became President of Jim Rohn International and in 1999 he founded and became President of YourSuccessStore.com.
He has promoted hundreds of seminar events over the past twenty plus years, and many, many self development DVDs, books and merchandise that is grabbed eagerly each time he finds time to release a new one.
So was his path always going to be linked to where he is today?
Or does he look back and join up his dots, with as much surprise and delight as the rest of us?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr Kyle Wilson.
Fri, 10 April 2015
Todays guest joins a select band of guests who have appeared on the show more than once.
She joined up her dots in her life, way back on episode 125, where she shared how she had found her thing in life and worked towards being a player-coach, entrepreneur, author, speaker, and mentor to professionals around the world, helping them grow their businesses and live amazing lives.
She empowers others to dream big and go for what they truly want.
At that time we spoke about releasing her latest book Vision to Reality: How Short Term Massive Action Equals Long Term Maximum Results where she taught her clients the way to an empowering future, by taking frequent and consistent action, as she has done not least moving eleven times to eleven different states in the USA through her life.
Now, she has a new book out and its an interesting concept where she breaks down the rules of Business Dating.
By looking closely at how we operate within our processional and personal lives, and has drawn enlightening parallels between personal and professional dating.
She makes the case for why and how you should invest your time into building meaningful and long-lasting relationships with a select group of dynamic professionals.
Fostering these win-win relationships, which can yield gains greater than anything you could imagine, and it will be faster and easier than you think.
So let's not waste anymore time, and bring onto the show to join up more dots, and of course discuss relationship building with the one and only Honoree Corder.