289: Ryan Porter: A Man Eating A Steak One Bite At A Time


Todays guest on Join Up Dots is a man who asked himself a brilliant question, and now helps others across the world to answer the very same question.

“What do I want to be when I grow up?”

Which is one of those things that we consider a lot when we are very young, and will answer with a spaceman, a princess, and professional footballer.

Big answers, that just roll off our tongues easily, but are so hard to answer when we actually grow up.

Well our guest today quit his business programme in college, and ended up in Tokyo, where he worked as an English teacher, and realised that there was no answer for the question that started his quest and that in fact, that very question is the wrong question to be asking.

Which is where you lean forward to the speaker, and say “But what is that question then David…..what is the right answer to ask?”

And i’ll be honest I haven’t a clue, but our guy knows, and has now travelled across North America speaking to teens about his findings, the importance of decision-making and the importance of having experiences.

He is the author of the book Make Your Own Lunch – How to Live an Epically Epic Life through Work, Travel, Wonder, and (maybe) College and is the co-founder and CEO of RaiseYourFlag, a web platform developed to help the 45% of high school students in North America who do not attend college immediately after leaving school connect to careers that are available to them and the companies that can help.

He is a man with a lot on his plate, not least a load of dodgy food in Japan.

So why did he feel unlike millions of others to ask such a big question that we hear time and time again, but really dig down looking for answers?

And does he see that this problem is an American one, or is it prevalent across the world.

Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Ryan Porter.

Show Highlights

During the episode we discussed such weighty topics such as:

Why we all begin to ask the same questions in our lives at the same time, and don’t stop to ponder why?

Why the most damaging words that can be said to any young adult coming through the education system is “Be Realistic”

Why the decisions that you make do not have to be life defining, but can be stepping stones to future successes.

Why life is just like a giant Dot the Dot picture, and you have to follow through all the steps to see the big image.

And lastly…..

How Wil E Coyote was a great role model for the keep moving, don’t look down business model…..look down and you drop!

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