319: Michael O’Neil: From Accidental Entrepreneur To The LinkedIn Rockstar

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Nike-Oneill-siteWell it’s not often that you read on a persons LinkedIn profile such bit of  essential business building information such as “I’m interested in muscle cars, classic rock (Pink Floyd, The Eagles), vinyl records, the ocean, sunshine, Apple products and concerts. I’m known as ♫ The LinkedIn Rockstar ♫, but I don’t work for LinkedIn.”

And that, as we see time and time again on Join Up Dots is the profile of someone that is having fun, being authentic and rocking it bigtime.

Starting his career as an IT professional in Phoenix Arizona is seems to me that he was either a man on a mission or someone who got bored with roles quite easily.

As he moved every few years from one position to another, seemingly looking for his thing, but of course gaining experience as he went.

But it was when he moved into the career of Event planning and Networking that it all came together.

He had found his thing, and now with his own radio show, a passion for Key Note speaking and motivational presentations and of course sharing LinkedIn best practices he is loving everyday.

He is being true to himself, playing to his strengths and earning a living whilst doing it!

So what was it about LinkedIn that really got him excited enough to build a whole business around it?

And why does he feel that we all seem to go through the same search at the beginnings of our careers?

Well let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Mike O’Neil, the LinkedIn Rockstar.

Show Highlights

During the episode we discussed such weighty topics such as:

How he remembers seeing Elvis Presley in concert, and can remember thinking that he was seeing someone very special and understands why he is so sorely missed by the world.

“How you can create something new so much more easily, if it based on something you already understand” Steve Jobs

How he would class himself as an accidental entrepreneur, and was forced to create his own income much to the chagrin of his wife, but it was certainly not of his choosing.

Why he can relate to people who have hit bottom, as he remembers hitting the same state in his own personal life, and knew that the only way was up from that point onwards.

And lastly…..

How you really find out who your true friends are when things get tough, but the rest are like raindrops on a windscreen, they come together for a moment and then slip away.

How To Connect With Mike O’Neil





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