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Introducing Adam Smith
Starting off by gaining his education in Pennsylvania Adam Smith has now found himself living in Yokosuka in Japan.
Whilst working fulltime for the US military he has focused his downtime on self development and the study of the small habits we have in our life, that when used effectively can build up to something amazing.
I didn’t know this, but from reading Adam’s blog I have found out that one-third to one half of ALL our daily actions are habitual?
How The Dots Joined Up For Adam
Everything in our lives, and I mean EVERYTHING are the result of these automatic habits.
So Adam Smith believes that our level of wealth, social circles, happiness, love, energy, fitness, fulfilment are all created by the subconscious mind.
We don’t realise that we are building our own futures be allowing these habits, some negative to go unchecked.
It is his mission to help educate 100,000 people to become liberated.
To take control of these habitual behaviours and change them.
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 Adam Smith.
During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Adam Smith such as:
The best way to speak Japanese, if like me you want to sound like a 70’s Kung-Fu movie!
How he ended up in the military so he could be with his girlfriend, and how that didn’t go quite to plan!
How Adam Smith started reading five self-development books per week to pull himself from a deep depression he had slipped into!
How you can love an idea passionately but that doesn’t mean that you should still act upon it!
How he loved to deconstruct products and people as a kid, and now finds himself doing the same as an adult!
How he shares a fascinating story of wrongly taken action, that blew up in his face, but turned out to be a huge win!
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Audio Transcription Of Adam Smith Interview
When we’re young, we have an amazing positive outlook about how great life is going to be. But somewhere along the line we forget to dream and end up settling. Join Up Dots features amazing people who refuse to give up and chose to go after their dreams. This is your blueprint for greatness. So here’s your host live from the back of his garden in the UK, David Ralph.
David Ralph [0:26]
Good morning to your world. How are we all? How are we all? How are we or is bypass nine in the morning, I’m not going to tell you why that’s so important to me. I have hardly had a show in about 150 episodes. That means I get up I have a shower, a boulder cornflakes. And Ben, I’m ready to go. So it’s brilliant to be sitting here at a normal time talking to a normal person on a normal time zone. And the reason why he’s good. He is in Germany at the moment so I could literally stretch out my arm and touch him and probably Nick a very large goal football item, but they’ve just won over there. So all you Germans out there at the moment, stop celebrating because it makes us English people upset. Well, let’s bring it onto the show a man who I well, best way to sort of introduce you to him is he’s travelled a path I thought was most unusual. Starting off by gaining his education in Pennsylvania. He’s now found himself living in Yokosuka in Japan. I hope I said that. Well, while I was working full time for the US military. His focus is downtime on self development and the study of the small habits we have in our life, but when used effectively can build up to something amazing. Now I didn’t know this. But from reading his blog, I found out that one third to one half of all our daily actions are habitual. Basically, literally half a day we are doing the same things every single day. That’s right. So everything in our lives and I mean everything are the result of these automatic habits. So our guest believes that our level of wealth, social circles, happiness, love, energy, fitness fulfilment are all created on a subconscious mind. We don’t realise that we’re building our own futures by allowing these habits some negative to actually go unchecked. So it’s his mission to help educate 100,000 people to become liberated to take control of these habitual behaviours and change them. But anyway, this is a man that I need to talk to. So each week the line that I bring onto the show to start Join Up Dots. Mo one, the only Adam Smith, how are you today, Adam?
Adam Smith [2:25]
I’m doing fantastic David, thank you for that intro. Amazing.
David Ralph [2:31]
yoga, yoga, yoga, yoga, is that how you say it?
Adam Smith [2:34]
You were really really close and whenever I first heard that I was going to your Cusco I was like oh, I’m going to Yokosuka and I told all my friends Yokosuka and one of them happened to have been stationary said no, it’s actually Cusco.
David Ralph [2:49]
That’s not Japanese enough, though. Is it? Because all Japanese words you almost have to be angry when you say the menu.
Adam Smith [2:56]
Oh, well, you know, Japanese is a very it can be very smoothly, which you know, like sue me my son got dogs I’m us or it can be very rough like so we’ve only got four. So I think there’s a you know, you can go either way with it. Easy sad to say it. But I think I like the rough stuff. I I think I like the way you said the lock the second law
David Ralph [3:18]
that tells me what kind of man you are David, I am a man who likes a bit of rough Japanese every now and again. And I don’t think I’ve ever said that on any show. So I don’t know where I’m going with that. But how did you end up in Japan? Was it just purely from the military? Or were you halfway through Karate Kid for him and for this is the life of me?
Adam Smith [3:37]
Well, I have an interesting storey for you for that one. So I ended up joining the military because of my ex girlfriend, interestingly enough. And as I was going through, I finished boot camp went to a school, which is my technical training. They told us that you know, if you get top of your class, you’ll be able to pick one you go next where your station so I said oh hell yes. You know, I’m going to do the best I can do so I can be with my girlfriend.
David Ralph [4:07]
So I will she made it to me as well.
Adam Smith [4:10]
Yes. Okay. So I went and worked really, really hard for four or five months, got top of the class and got the pic. I wanted to go to Maryland first and then at the very bottom of my list was your Cusco. And of course, they the my chief comes in and says All right, we got orders. Hey, Smith, you got acoustic and I’m just like, holy shit like I’m in a daze. I’m like, Whoa, that just happened to me. And it took me a while to kind of process it. At first I was okay with it. I was like, Okay, this is going to be good. This can be all right. But whenever I got there, I fell into this huge depression. I mean, it was instant depression. My girlfriend broke up with me, I I had no friends, I felt like I couldn’t connect with anyone at work. I couldn’t speak the language. Of course, none of my so I couldn’t go out in town and meet people. I mean, surely speak English, but it’s not as much as other countries. It’s really, they don’t speak much English. So I was completely alone. And what was running through my mind at the time, for maybe about two weeks, I was crying every day on the floor. And I was like, okay, something’s got to change here. And I just made it up in my mind that, you know, if I was a better man, if I was a better person, that this would not be such a big deal. And I would be able to get through it. So I basically poured myself into reading. I think I read maybe five books a day, anything, everything, or not a day a week, anything and everything I get my hands on, listen to podcasts, and just kept improving my life I developed the daily practice. And I started to change my habits I did every day, I was still a bit psychotic, because I still didn’t have very many friends. But then I but I felt good. I felt better. And I kept getting better and better and better. I started meeting people in Tokyo that were expatriates that really resonated with me. And I started to develop a lot of friends. And now two years later, my life is on fire and I can’t be happier could not have been happier when that turn
David Ralph [6:27]
is on fire, isn’t it? Because you sir, you as an Entrepreneur on Fire the other seven days a week show you so how did how did that come about? And and how did it happen before me? I thought I’d got you before anyone?
Adam Smith [6:40]
Well, so are you. To me? I don’t
David Ralph [6:43]
that’s what I’m trying to say.
Adam Smith [6:45]
I’m sorry, David, well, do a podcast. Oh,
David Ralph [6:48]
that’s what you are.
Adam Smith [6:49]
Well, what happened? Was he his schedule is open before yours. So I had to pick him first.
David Ralph [6:57]
You You You’re so easy to be led. It’s a simple schedule, and then you’re in there. Yeah, so I reached out to our mutual friend Tom Marcus. And he I sent him an email and says, Hey, do you know anyone that would, you know, like to have me on a podcast? And he said, Yeah, man here, send me an email back and connected me with you and with john Lee Dumas. And it’s been a blast ever since. And Tom Lucas for the listeners. He was Episode One of my show. Well, yeah, he was the official episode one. If you go to back to episode naught point five, it was just me kind of going. Hello, this is David. And I’m a bit scared. But I’m going to do this show have been Tom came on. And Tom was a huge pivotal point in me changing direction. And if you listen back to Episode One, you can hear how Tom even though he was a complete stranger to me, really helped me make a leap of faith and gave me the courage and the Connexions to be able to get this going. So I didn’t know him at all. But he’s been an hour salute, Tao of strength for me, but you actually knew him from the military duty.
Adam Smith [8:05]
No, actually, I, I had a business where I was analysing blogs to help people, you know, get more listeners figure out what our readers figure out what their readers like and things like that. And I just reached out to him and said, Hey, I like your blog. And here’s an analysis of it. And he said, cool, I really like it. And we just kept talking, connecting and just kind of went from there. Because I started reading his
David Ralph [8:31]
blog and the thing and I remember saying this to him on the show, but he was there. The thing that struck me with his blog was it was quite obvious. It was a one man band. But the whole thing looked like every letter had been lovingly positioned. It looked like a branding. It was like a company brand. So how was his blog doing? Was it something that was very nice to look out about was bringing in the traffic big time? How can you actually analyse a blog and say, This is what you need to change?
Adam Smith [9:01]
Well, I don’t look at traffic numbers, I look at social shares. Because I think if you get a tonne of people to your website, that’s kind of useless if they’re not doing anything. So yeah, he was doing very successful. But I helped him identify a few areas that were more successful than what he thought because there were a lot of posts, he would post in the same category. But they weren’t getting as much social shares with let’s say, the Lean Startup category where he had one post, but it was three times the amount of shares is all the others. So it’s it’s and you start to see these Connexions. And I also told him, his best days to post because it’s different for every blog, business blogs are little more popular during the week. And then maybe a funny a fun blog is more popular on the weekend. So you really can’t just follow the old Monday, Wednesday, Friday rule, it’s really you have to test every single day, and kind of go from there.
David Ralph [9:58]
So how would somebody like myself open seven days a week? How would you be able to test mine?
Adam Smith [10:05]
Well, basically, I would scrape all the data from your website, we’re using import.io. And it’s a visual data scraper, you don’t need to know any code. And I would download all that into an Excel spreadsheet, use Google Refine to pull shared counts API stats, you can use I think 100,000 URLs a day, get all from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Plus, put all that into an Excel spreadsheet, and then use pivot tables, which is just a way to organise data a little more easily. And I’m able to find out a lot of stuff like best days to post the best wording to use your headlines. If you’re let’s say you have other guests on, I can figure out who’s the best guest poster. If you are a journalist, it’s really nice because you’re able to see what is really, really popular on certain websites. So let’s say you’re about to guest post for wired or something like that you’re able to see who was the most successful and maybe why. So it’s really pretty valuable, I think,
David Ralph [11:11]
I think he’s more than valuable, sir. And I think there’s going to be a lot of listeners out there thinking like I am, you know, I, I post every day and I put on my website, and some of them go really well. And some of them don’t. And I’ve never really worked out why some do and some don’t. But you’re going behind the scenes, pulling open the curtain and you’re seeing the the works. The behind the scenes works.
Adam Smith [11:35]
Yeah, there’s actually a really good guide on Okay, dork.com Noah Kagan’s blog, which is where I got the how to do it, essentially. But it’s it is a lot of work, I will warn you, there’s a lot of work. And every blog is kind of different. I’ve had a few blogs where it’s just, it would keep messing up and I couldn’t get it. But there’s a few workarounds that I figured out, which is complicated. So that’s why people have hire me to do it. Because it’s, it’s, hey, here’s some money and I say, Okay, here’s your, here’s all your data. And they kind of like that. So it’s, yeah,
David Ralph [12:08]
perfect. I’m gonna delve into that after the show. So I’m gonna have a quick word with you about that. Because it is it’s being able to make things go viral. That’s that is the quickest while he’s in it.
Adam Smith [12:19]
Absolutely. And the nice thing is to, for instance, I analysed Chris Brogan his blog. And he was really surprised that the most popular posts were his I think it was the me or you post it was the ones where he had a personal pronoun in the headline. And he explained why he’s like, you know that that makes a lot of sense to me now, because I’m a very personable person, you know, people feel like they know me within five minutes. And I was like, wow, I do feel like I know you right now, Chris, but and so he’s like, wow, I really I feel like going out and writing 1000 mE mE posts or you post I forget exactly what the wording was. And I was like, wow, that that’s great.
David Ralph [13:01]
Did you think that is a key thing? I wasn’t going to talk about this. But do you think that is a key thing for success now on in the online world, where you’re not behind a mask, you are out there and people will get to know you better than perhaps you know yourself? Certainly with podcasting, it’s very easy to do that if you want to, because your voice is coming out. People are listening to the voice. And certainly in my case, and I’ll be honest with you quite a lot of the time, I’m not actually sure what I’m going to say it just kind of comes out of me. So it is truly me. Do you do you think is easy to become a success when you are not scripted, and you’re just being your honest, pure self?
Adam Smith [13:40]
Absolutely. But I think you have to be comfortable with yourself first. Because if you’re scripted, you’re going to be fake. And people can see that. And if you’re also not confident with yourself, and you don’t bring your true self to the table, people will also see that and that could possibly be worse than the scripted version. Because at least with the script, you have something to hide behind. And it may be appears that you’re doing better than you are. But if you’re truly confident, like you are, David, then I think your true personality shows through and people are able to connect with you better. I mean, if you look at Chris Brogan, his blog, he puts everything out there. And he is immensely successful. So
David Ralph [14:19]
because one of the things that I’m trying to get across to people on the show is on a daily basis is although we’re having these conversations with hugely successful people, these people are hugely successful, because they are playing to their own personal strengths, they are being themselves. And you see it time and time and time again, especially in the podcasting world. But somebody comes out with a show is different from everybody else. They do really, really well with it, and everybody else goes, Ah, that’s what I’m going to do. And I basically replicate it. And you think No, you’re missing a trick, you’ve got to come out with your own thing, you’ve got to do something different. Because you haven’t got the skills, you haven’t got those personal habits that make that show success festival. So play on your own streams, but people don’t see that they just think that by mimicking they can find the key to the door and getting success.
Adam Smith [15:10]
Very true. But the same instance. What are you trying to do with your podcast too, because maybe if the way that person is doing the podcast, if that really resonates with you, that might be a good idea to, to replicate yourself. I mean, if you look into Sam, were brothers here in Germany, they’re about to become billionaires are about to make their companies public. And all they did was copy eBay. And I think another company they copied but a lot of people don’t like them. But I think that they’re very intelligent, because why why try to start something new, I mean, isn’t a podcast isn’t everyone kind of doing the same thing? Because it’s it’s a radio show and radio shows have been done for, you know,
David Ralph [15:51]
decades. So I but I see what you’re saying. No, what I’m saying is yes, you can create a new eBay and the quick way to say says is by finding a market within a market so for example, podcasting. Yes, there’s thousands of shows out there. But you don’t need to copy the format of other people’s shows. Because bad is only you know, that is suffocating you because you haven’t got those streams. You know, classic example is eo fire right now we talk about eo fire all the time. And that is you know what questions are going to come. And that is a format that john Lee Dumas has created is incredibly successful for him. And he does it incredibly well because that’s his format. And he’s he developed it and so good on him. But when you hear other people that haven’t got his charisma haven’t got he’s he’s professionalism or whatever. And it just you kind of listen to it. You know what you’re doing. You’re just trying to do an eo fire again. So yeah, don’t create the will just find something that’s already out there that’s successful, but put your own spin on it and bring your own strengths to the table.
Adam Smith [16:56]
David, because if your podcast I love how it’s not scripted, and we just talked, and that’s very relaxing. But when I was on eo fire, it felt almost, it felt very the same because he was so charismatic, like you’re saying he was able to just throw in witty comments off tops. And I’m like, Where’s he getting this from? This? Is he has this written down to?
David Ralph [17:18]
Yeah, absolutely. Because he’s playing to the strengths. He’s developed it and that format that he’s created his own thing, so he can take it naturally off piece, bring it back, and you know what you’re getting. So it’s the perfect, perfect format. And I you know, I wish Johnny Dumas even more success, because he is the benchmark for all of us. But for anybody out there who thinks you’re just going to be j. o D Mark to do something slightly different. Even if you’re you’re taking the rough format of what he’s doing. Just Just try and be yourself because you will find it so much more enjoyable. And also, you will gain success quicker. I’m convinced of that.
Adam Smith [17:54]
So if you don’t know what you want to do with podcasting, what do you how do you find out what’s your, what your strengths are
David Ralph [18:00]
you play, I think, I think one of the things that is brilliant about going into the online world is nobody notices you at the beginning. So you can try things out and some things will fly and some things won’t. And some things will feel absolutely spot on. And some things you kind of cringe when you listen back to it. And I think that’s the idea. I think it’s a playground at the beginning the you to go in ugly, have a rubbish old website, try things make it look better, and just improve, improve, improve incremental gains. And then by that practice, practice practice, you will naturally find something that you’re good at, I don’t believe anyone can just turn on a switch and go bang. And it’s a fully realised format, or is a fully realised product, it takes time to develop it. And the you know, that is totally liberating. But you don’t get 100,000 people a day, when you first start, you get one person. And that’s probably the cat who just happened to clicked on a mouse and is listening to you. So you can do anything you want at the beginning and then practice, practice, practice, then you will try and find your thing. I’m sure you, Adam, you’re on the show now and you’re finding your feet and you’re doing things. But I’m sure that you’ve had successes and you’ve had failures, when you look back on and you go, yeah, it wasn’t quite me. I was trying to force it too much at a time. Have you had any of those?
Adam Smith [19:21]
Oh, I have had many, many of these many. So one of my first businesses I tried to start was a, I had really bad acne for my skin. And one thing that worked was counter-intuitively was oils such as almond oil with essential essential oils, like tea tree and peppermint and things like that worked really, really well. And I thought maybe I can start a business with this because it looks like no one else is doing it. And I was doing all the keyword research and building a website, you know, like a little else testing at the Tim Ferriss way. And I had I had a famous actress who used almond oil or something and I put it on my website thinking Oh, it’s okay, because she’s not actually endorsing my product or anything but come back on. Obviously, I know now that that was absolutely stupid to do. And I think I started to drive some traffic to it and maybe a few hundred people and no one signed up to pre order, it sounds like oh, well, I don’t really want to do it anyway. And I didn’t, I didn’t keep persisting with it to refine the website, refine the copy. And I’ve had a few like this, the only other one that I really remember is I was trying to do a focused food Plus, I still really love the idea. I just don’t want to do it because it’s basically a supplement that helps you focus by providing you with amino acids, not just the essential ones, but all amino acids, which you really can’t get in your diet. And they are the precursor neuro transmitters in your head. So let’s say you have everything right you have your diet, right, you’re exercising everything, you can still be deficient in these amino acids. So there’s only but there’s only one product on the market that provides all of them which is the Geneva amino solution. It’s on Amazon for 7060 or 70 US dollars which is pretty expensive. I wanted mine to have Miranda Alia Farah powder which can cure I think 300 diseases. It’s one of the highest growing trees on Earth. camel, camel root, which decreases I think it’s Yeah, decreases cortisol intake increases serotonin intake. And that one failed just simply because I was working so hard and optimising the copy and not really focusing on delivering to my customers. But I didn’t have the quite the knowledge to create the product and I didn’t want to spend you know, several thousand dollars to with something that could flop. So yeah, I tried many, many other things as well. But those are the two noticeboards,
David Ralph [22:02]
two things that strike me with that. It’s true what you say you can love an idea, but it doesn’t mean that you should do it. And that is so true. I’ve tried numerous things online. But I’ve kind of thought, yeah, okay, I’m gonna get an affiliate site. And I’m going to link this and people are going to click on this, and I’m going to make Uber amounts of money. And I’m going to be laying on a beach with a couple of models. And this is going to be perfect. Obviously, I didn’t tell my wife, I was planning this, but this is my dream. But it wasn’t really what I wanted to do, I was just kind of thinking, this is a great idea. And I should be sort of, you know, pushing it forward. It is really when you’ve got that passion baptising with your values, and I really believe is Adam. It’s like this show here. If I wasn’t earning any money from it at all, I’d still be doing it. Because I purely love the conversations are purely love the emails that I’m getting from people. And I love the interaction and the fact that people around the world are saying to me, I listened to on a daily basis, and I am doing x y Zed because of the content. So when money isn’t part of it, I’m now starting to feel and I’ve been feeling this for about the last two or three months, that ultimately you’re going to win the game it because you are finding the value in something that you want to give to the world. What do you think about that?
Adam Smith [23:15]
Oh, David, you hit the nail on the head. The thing is, though it takes so it takes a lot of searching to find this out, you have to, I find that you have to write down really you have to write down the questions and it’s going to seem really foreign to you. Because whenever you start at first, you don’t really have an idea. But you start to plant the seed in your head, I think and the thing with writing it down is that it’s a direct connexion to your subconscious mind. So your conscious mind, yes is thinking about it. But in the end, if you just write down a question and then answer it immediately, without trying to think about it, just start writing letters that your true self will start to shine through. And your subconscious mind will slowly start to dig up answers and more answers. And I think if you combine journaling with meditation, it’s extremely powerful, because you really get to start to know yourself. And I didn’t start to realise that this the helping people create habits is such a huge passion for me, because I already do it in the military, with with I train 80 people a week in little very large groups, how to do exercises and fitness. But I also trained smaller groups that need a little extra attention. And the way I do that is through small, small habits. So it’s something I’ve already done for free. Basically, I don’t get paid this an extra job that I don’t get paid to do I love to do it. And I was I kept denying it for myself, I kept saying no, you can’t actually make money from that, or no, you can’t actually do that. I mean, come on now that that’s This is too much fun for you to actually make money off, you have to do something that’s hard, you have to work for it. And I don’t even know where these beliefs came from. I think it’s they just came from the world. You know, the world always thinks Oh, work is different than your life. But I’ve come to find that if if you make your if you make a conscious effort to change your life to align it with your work that oh my god,
David Ralph [25:12]
amazing things will happen. And you will not believe what the returns you will get. I mean, what do you think about that? David? genome, Mr. Smith, I’m totally on board with that one. Because I’m finding that on a daily a daily basis, I did work for years and years and years, which paid the bills and yeah, it was good money. And I would go in there. And probably I was justifying my time in the office, more than the office justify my time I could go in, I could float around for days really not doing anything at all. Now doing this. Number one, I want to do it, I want to do it. You know, I was up at three o’clock this morning, when I had three hours sleep and I’m back at doing it again. Do I sound like it? Well, I do before I start recording. But after I start recording and we have these conversations where it’s like I’m on drugs, again, you know, it’s just ploughing through me. But the thing that really strikes a chord with what you’re saying there is, it’s it’s those things that you feel are paying, it’s those things that you think I can’t I can’t earn money from this, this is too easy. But if you take the sort of the multimillionaire songwriters, they just sit there and I bang out a song bang. But you know, elton john, apparently, if he if he can’t write a song in half hour, he just gives up on it, it has to be quicker than that. Otherwise, he’s not going to do it. And if you look at some of the big businessman like Richard Branson, for example, he says, I don’t care if it’s, I don’t see the difference between working and playing to me is all living, and he just merges he’s live to be a combination of the two. So you do have fun, you do enjoy yourself. And if you provide value, it comes back to you. Now one of the things I’m going to throw back to you and this is like a tennis match is the tagline to the show is connecting our past to build our future. And one of the things that has come out time and time again, and is the element you were just talking about, about finding something which is effortlessly and easy and almost feels like you would do for nothing. So many of our guests have said to me, when I look back at my little self when I look back at a tiny little Adam. And I was doing things on a daily basis because I just came home from school and it was what I loved doing, there is a continuity to what I am doing now. So if I like playing with Lego, I like building things. Now, if I liked providing support for people, I’m now a networker. If I like drawing when I was a kid, I’m now you know, an offer or whatever, you know, that kind of stuff. Was there sort of Connexions with you now, but you can see as the little Adam, before you got into the military and sort of adult life.
Adam Smith [27:46]
Yeah, actually hadn’t really thought about that too deeply. So I’m glad you asked that question. But absolutely. Now, whenever I was a kid, I was kind of known as the the I would take things apart all the time, I had little robots that would build without, without microprocessors called beam bots love to build them. But they took a lot of parts. So one day, I decided to go down into the living room, take the VCR, take everything out of it, and then put it back. So one of my mom went to go use it. The next day, she put a tape into it and just fell to the bottom. She said what? So I had taken it apart. And now all my all my things are kind of online. And it can get a little tedious with the websites and trying to build a website and things like that. But I kind of think that helping and I was helping people to create habits is kind of like building someone’s life, block by block. It’s the foundation, the habits. So and also whenever I was a child, I was also kind of the the mediator, everyone come talk to me in the family to elevate. You know, if my mom was fighting my brother, then they come both talk to me and things like that. And I and that’s one thing I love to do is talk with people and help them figure out their problems. So I think it’s a excellent merge of what was in my childhood together and one to make what I do today, so enjoyable to me.
David Ralph [29:07]
So you basically like to deconstruct things and then build them up.
Unknown Speaker [29:11]
David Ralph [29:12]
Now in that fascinating is so fascinating that every single person and I’m the same now has says the same thing. I went through years trying to find my passion, I went through years of trying to find this path that people keep telling me about, but actually it was there all along. And that’s what people say all the time, find your passion, find your path, and we always go I can’t see it. I don’t know what you’re talking about. But it was there. And it just seems sort of mental. I don’t know, cloud, but comes across all of us. When we go through college and university, and we just want a job. And we come out and the first job is given to us, or the one that we think is a career because that’s what’s expected to us is always the furthest thing away from playing. Because I think at that that first step into adulthood, we’re kind of going, No, we’re not children. Now we are adults, and we want to be treated like adults. So we’re going to do sensible stuff. And we’re going to do boring stuff. And I wish I could go back in time somehow and kind of go, No, actually, I’m gonna have fun. And I’m going to enjoy myself. And I’m going to love work because work is what I want to do. Not just because it’s paying the bills.
Adam Smith [30:18]
Oh, absolutely, actually have a really interesting storey about this that haven’t shared anywhere online. So I’m really happy to share it with you.
David Ralph [30:26]
This is what we like these places what this shows all about.
Adam Smith [30:30]
So last year, I was deployed on a ship for about four months. And I had just found the app Sumo calm website, the website that Noah Kagan is created for entrepreneurs love the website, they give out such great products. But anyway, I got an email from him, saying that he was holding a retreat in Seattle. And it was 2000 US dollars. And I had it in the bank. And I said yes, I am going because you are the average the five people you surround yourself with. And you know if I surround myself with Noah Kagan and all these entrepreneurs and I will be successful, because back then I had such a cloud. I was like, why can’t I do this? Everyone else is building a business. Why can’t I do What is wrong with us? These are things all going through my head. It was like there was an invisible ceiling above my head. And I couldn’t break through. I had no idea why. So I thought maybe if I go meet with Noah Kagan and his and his team, I will be able to break through the barrier. So soon as I saw the email, I went to click Buy. And it was sold out. I was like, No, that is not right. So I don’t know what happened. I had it in my head. It was kind of crazy that I was going to go regardless of if it was sold out. So I began to tell all my friends that hey, I got to see you know, for the app Sumo thing. I’m so excited, can’t wait to meet Noah and all this stuff. I went and bought plane tickets to Seattle, I looked up where the mansion was because he had a picture of it on his on the email. I looked at all the real estate rental don’t Seattle, I didn’t know I was I was stalking Noah Kagan. And I found out where it was and everything. And the day as I was leaving Tokyo Narita Airport, I shot know, an email and I said, Hey, my name is Adam, and I’m gonna come to your event. He’s like, yeah, you probably shouldn’t come, I don’t want to have to throw you out later. And I was like, Oh, you know, once he sees how motivated I am, he’ll want me he’ll want me to stay. Now. This was delusional Adam. I’m still delusional, but in that was in a much different way. Because I didn’t have a sense. I never met successful people before really, I mean, I had kind of, but not in this way that I wanted to learn from them. So I was a bit delusional. And I thought all Yes, if I am motivated, he want me to stay. So whenever I got to Seattle, my a good friend from deployment, he gave me his truck, and I was able to stay at his place. And he gave me his truck for the whole time. And I drove down, drove down there to meet him. And I pulled in and I saw no as it was at a huge mansion, Bill Gates lives in the same neighbourhood. And he said, Hey, how’s it going? I said, Oh, you know, hey, you really good, blah, blah, blah, went inside and gave them some hobbies Saki which is a with the hobby snake was actually snake inside the bottle with the liquor. I had some handwritten cards, I thought, you know, hey, I’m providing value to them. I’m saying how good they were, and blah, blah, blah, doing all the things that networkers say to do, right? And so I started to talk and mingle with everybody and say, Hey, by the way, I have this business idea, this business idea, this business and that idea, but I didn’t realise that that’s actually kind of being weird, because everyone just kind of relaxing, having fun. And I wasn’t analysing the environment, the way I should have just played it cool. And I went and talked to Noah. I saw him break off and outside. So I went and talked to him. And he basically was just as soon as I was like, Hey, no, and he just looked at me and said, with the super intense, very deep eyes, I I’ve never felt like I’ve been paid attention to that. Before that deeply my life. It was like he was looking into my soul. It was crazy. And I want to know how he does that. But he just said, What do you want? Adam? What do you want from me? And I said, and I started getting very emotional. I said, You know, I just need, I just want to build a business. I want to be successful. And, and I, you know, I don’t want to stay in the military. It’s not for me, you know, I really just think being here, what really helped me with that. He’s kind of, you know, shook his head. He said, All right, well, come on inside, and bring your laptop. And I said, Okay, so we sat down the big, gorgeous wooden table in the dining room, and he started to mentor me one on one. And at this point, I was in his monthly one k.com course. And I saw the same questions he was asking in the course for the exact same things he was asking me
on the one on one session, and I thought, and it kind of clicked for me them. I said, Hmm, maybe, maybe it I just need to keep searching for the idea. Because just being with somebody who’s successful isn’t actually going to help me yet. I actually have to search more myself. And shortly after that, he asked me to leave and I did and I was I braced myself to expect it because I didn’t want to go in there with a high expectation I was going to stay and shot a video myself afterwards, I look so depressed. And so in the theme of I like to take failures and turn them into successes. So I was messaging my friend, excuse me, my friend, Audrey. And she said, Oh, go just go up to Canada. It’s really beautiful. You can go to Vancouver and I thought and she’s she said Whistler is close to there. And I thought, oh my god Whistler. I’ve been wanting to go there since I was like five years old to mountain bike. So I went on Airbnb got a room for a few nights, I think three nights with a VM or Yeah, VM means lady extremely clean, very nice. And I just went around Vancouver had a great time. And I met a 28 year old girl named Sophie from Switzerland, who was a high school teacher, she spoke four languages fluently. It was incredible. And we had a very romantic night, only one night, because the next day she was going to Hawaii and I was going to Whistler. And I went to Whistler and just forgot about the world and mountain bike all day long. And I had such a blast. That trip just I grew so much from that trip, and I will never forget that experience. But it was just it was just crazy.
David Ralph [36:47]
I think that is an absolute brilliant storey and the question that comes out of me is, why have you never shared that before, because there is so much value in that storey for our listeners who are trying to do the same thing. And they’re trying to mimic, they’re trying to find their part. They’re trying to get that idea, but it’s kind of somewhere in their brain and occasionally sort of floats in front of them, and then it disappears again. So I think that is really one of the best storeys I’ve ever heard on any of the shows. So why have you not shared that before?
Adam Smith [37:18]
Uh, well, David, I was really just scared to share it. Because I really wanted to talk to Noah more and say, like, hey, like, Why did you throw me out? And but I really I never actually did, because I was so scared. I was, it was a loss. And and it was very hard. It was very hard loss. So I don’t know, it’s really I was just scared to share it.
David Ralph [37:42]
But I think that is when you become the true Adam Smith. And I think that’s when you become the true Richard Branson. And to you know, David, Ralph, I’m not putting myself in your two categories in any shape or form. But I do think it’s when you absolutely lay it on the line. And you show people that, yes, this didn’t work network. One of the classic examples of basis is Pat Flynn in smart, passive income. And he will lay on the line, this work that didn’t work. I got close to this. I didn’t. And he has got so much loyalty to his customer base, due to the fact that he’s not making himself out to be anything that he’s not. He’s he actually markets himself as a crash test dummy now. And he tries things out so that we can try and find the nuggets and what he’s doing to sort of move forward. I think that isn’t just your nuggets. I think that’s actually your gold mine.
Adam Smith [38:34]
Well, thank you very much. I really do enjoy that storey telling it now. And I definitely agree with you with the with the trying things out and failing. Because Tim Ferriss is kind of what got me his four hour workweek book is inspired me, I’m sure like millions of others to start my own business. And he always tries and fails and tries again, tries again and try this again, he’s not had, he’s never had all successes. I mean, I really, and like we’re talking about before bringing your own personality into things. Whenever I hear Tim Ferriss on interviews and things like that, I feel like he brings through his true self that, hey, I’m just a normal guy, I just think about things a little bit differently. And I love that and I’ve taken his his kind of mentality and made it my own because I absolutely love the way he thinks that, you know, everyday rules and things like this are just socially reinforced. They’re not even really rules. It’s just a very loose guideline. But because we’re social creatures, we follow them anyway, because everyone else is saying, Oh, just go to college or do something normal. And you really it’s just it. It’s not even real. It’s just a mental construction. That’s not even reality. So why not challenge that and do something else.
David Ralph [39:47]
Tim Ferriss screwed up my life, basically, I was I was in comfort zone until I read that Boyle workweek. And I’ve said this numerous times on those shows, but I got to page 44. And I knew my life would never be the same again. And it’s the only book in my life that I read it and went straight back and read it again. And I read it four times back to back, it had such a big impact on me. And the impact it had at the time was not good, because I suddenly knew I couldn’t work for somebody anymore. Because I suddenly knew that my whole being a whole spirit could not operate between nine to five, it needs to operate when I wanted it to operate, which is the sort of message that he gets across in there. So it was for me, it was one of the probably the three books that really did change my life as well. But it’s made my life a lot harder to begin with, until it all falls into place. And you know, I can I can have the life that he leads on a daily basis. But it’s hugely empowering that book even though it’s quite old now.
Adam Smith [40:50]
Oh, I agree. It’s It is incredible. And I have you beat I read it about 10 times cover to cover. Except for me, I read it in the military where you can’t necessarily just quit the military. So I had to suck it up and really go against what I was feeling in my heart until why I am still in the military. But I’m in the process of out processing. So it’s it’s going a lot better now. And I’m able to, to more be more of my true self because I’ve had to compromise a bit. And, you know, I had started business in a completely different timezone than in the States. And I’ve had a full time job going to play it for months at a time. So I think if I can start a business with all these challenges that anyone can, if you have a normal job, and not quite the time commitments I do, and I’m nothing special, I really am not anything special. I I procrastinate, I do all these things, but it’s my daily practice the things I do every day, that just brings me a little bit further and further. And, and if you have a good mentor and someone you trust to help guide you, I think that you’ll absolutely fly if you really want to,
David Ralph [41:57]
let’s bring on the late great Steve Jobs because he had an amazing speech, which is become the theme to the show. And I’d like to get your spin on this one. So I’m going to play Steve Jobs. And afterwards we’re going to, we’re going to ask Adam Smith, what he thinks about it. This is Steve Jobs.
Steve Jobs [42:11]
Of course, it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards 10 years later. Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something, your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leaves you off the well worn path. And that will make all the difference.
David Ralph [42:46]
To you need to believe in the dots or do you need to believe in yourself, Adam? And that is the first time I’ve ever asked that question to anyone.
Adam Smith [42:54]
I think 100% you have to believe in yourself. Because one of the See I was reading about
Unknown Speaker [43:04]
what’s his name? The Tesla guy.
David Ralph [43:07]
Adam Smith [43:09]
Oh my gosh, the test the CEO of Tesla. Elon Musk. Wow, I love him. And I can’t believe I just forgot his name. He’s like my idol. He I was reading a storey about from one of his engineers that was starting SpaceX. And I think it’s SpaceX. Anyway, he said, You know, he was an engineer and knew a lot about erudite, you know, rocket science and all this, all these things that. But Elon Musk didn’t know a thing about it. And he still believes so deeply that he will not fail, that he made it a success. And actually that engineer dropped out because he thought it just couldn’t it couldn’t happen. Even though he had more knowledge of what to do. He had more everything more than Elon Musk. The only thing Elon Musk had was the passion, the drive and will to believe in the idea and himself to propel it forward. So I think yeah, that’s absolutely the most powerful thing.
David Ralph [44:07]
Have you had a big.in your life when you look back, if you had the dots, and it might not have been a good day, it might have been one that you look back on, like you’re sort of girlfriend dragging you into the military, and then sort of leaving and all that kind of stuff. When you go Yeah, that’s actually the point when Adam Smith started to find himself. And without that moment, that big dot, I wouldn’t be where I was today.
Adam Smith [44:30]
That is the biggest dot. I mean, without that as much as I want to, I think the military does a bad job of preparing you for for life in general, because it’s coddles you so much. But I think it’s it’s great that I joined and I would not be where I am today if it was not for the military, because they also set me up for my future because I in boot camp, I was very young. And I said, Oh yeah, sign me up for the Thrift Savings Plan, the retirement plan. Now I have, you know, over 10 grand in the bank, and I’m only 22. And it’s sitting there investing by the time I’m 60, or 70, will be over a million dollars. And I would not have had that or any of the other rich experiences I’ve had since joining without the military. So it’s kind of I am so grateful for it. I really can’t say that is the absolute biggest dot. And it’s always the the really big, the really big down points is where my life really shot up the highest. Because if you’re not uncomfortable, then you’re not going to do anything to change. If you really are just like, if you’re really in your comfort zone that you’re not going to want to change. But for you For you, David, whenever you read four hour workweek, you would became extremely uncomfortable and completely changed your life to build this amazing Join Up Dots podcast. So yeah, I think that believing in yourself is definitely much more important than then the actual dots because the dots, you might not appreciate them in the beginning. But it is.
David Ralph [46:01]
It’s almost freaky, really that I play that speech 99% of the show, sometimes the show doesn’t quite get there. And I sort of run out of time. But generally I will play bass. And to a man and a woman, they will go Yes, I can go to that point. To that point. To that point. To that point, point. I didn’t know that they were joining up. But because I’ve been trying things and I’ve been grasping at opportunities, I have got the level of success, the fulfilment, the life design. But I craved. And it’s very different from people who aren’t taking that daily action, who are doing a nine to five job, and by not liking it, but I still go in and do that same job all the time. And if I asked those questions to them, they would go, No. Now that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t be in this position, if I you know if that was the case, but in a funny way they are in that position because it was a case because still, their actions have put them into there. And I say this time and time again, if you’re in a job and you’re listening into this podcast on weird, we’re talking passionately and enthusiastically about how great the future can be. It can be absolutely, I have no doubt on that. But you’ve got to take control for your own life, you’ve got to take responsibilities. And if you are in a situation, and it can be a rubbish boyfriend, or a rubbish job, whatever. It’s not the only boyfriend or the only job out there, it doesn’t have to be the big one. For the next step as well, you can leave that job and get another one. And if you don’t like it, get another 1000s. And thousands and millions of people do that. But you don’t have to stay in and settle. Because you’ve only got one life, and we should all have a kick ass life. But you’ve got to want it you need to take control, and actually go ahead and do it. And there are so many people online now that you can reach out to them and the successful people. And this has been a big mindset shift, mindset shift for me. But there’s successful people you would think wouldn’t have anything to do with you. But they do. And they will help you out. And like, same with Noah. Noah didn’t actually have to say, I’ll give you 1015 minutes, he could have just thrown him out. But he did. Because he knows the drive the hustle that it takes to even reach out that first time. What do you think about that? Adam? That little rant?
Adam Smith [48:14]
Oh, absolutely. One of the biggest things, one of the biggest limiting beliefs I had was that people aren’t out there to help you. Because I was reading about, you know, networking, things like this. And everyone said, Oh, you have to mention what’s in it for them, what’s in it for them, what’s in it for them, you know, you can’t focus on yourself, you have to just pour yourself into them. And hopefully they’ll help you back. But I found that if it’s more if it’s a genuine connexion that people will absolutely just reach out and help you without doing all the fake networking things and things like that. But you have to really reach a certain point in your life where you’re ready for it. And you can handle all the greatness that’s going to come from those Connexions.
David Ralph [48:55]
There is a video on YouTube. And it’s by a gentleman called Simon Sonic is a TED talk. And it’s called start with why all the reasons why or whatever. And he was talking about Apple and how Apple became so successful because they didn’t give the benefits. They told people why they made computers, and they were sharing their passion before everything else. And when I watched this video, it changed my life quite simply changed my life. And I realised there was a way to reach out to people, and 99% of the time, they will come back with a positive. And yeah, you don’t have to do the classic networking techniques that everyone talks about. But you do actually have to share why you’re actually reaching out to them and what you’re trying trying to achieve in life.
Adam Smith [49:42]
Yeah, absolutely. And you can’t be afraid to follow up either. You really have to you can’t just send one email and then say, Okay, well, I guess they didn’t want to speak with me, if you I use follow up.cc and just have that included in the eat in a seat, the BCC area and I follow up with someone three or four times and hey, they come back to me. And it’s it’s really great. But you can’t be afraid and say, Oh, I don’t want to ask too much of somebody. That was my problem. I always was like, Oh, I I don’t want to ask too much. Like, for instance, I was on a clarity call clarity.fm where you can pay by the minute to speak to entrepreneurs, and I was talking with Chris Brogan. And I kept asked, Is there anything I can help you with is can I help you bring value to yours on these like, Adam, look, you’re on this call, you’re paying me to talk to you take everything you can. And that really stuck with me. I was like, Yeah, I guess he’s right, because I am paying for this. And he agreed to give me information. But I was stuck in that. That weird networking advice that I got to say, hey, make sure you provide as much value to somebody as possible. And I think that yes, but be genuine and and also know whenever you’re giving value and know whenever it’s time for you to receive it back. And just kind of keep that in mind whenever you’re networking with people.
David Ralph [50:56]
But just before we put you on this sermon in the mind, I don’t want to show to end but we need to send you back in time to have a one on one with your younger self. I think it’s a key part where we talk about just changing habits. And we’ve all got habits in our life. And some of them are good habits. Some of them are bad habits. How does somebody out there who’s listening to this conversation, start to audit themselves and take control of the habits about actually aren’t doing them any good?
Adam Smith [51:22]
well aware of habit change starts with awareness. So I think if you start meditating one minute a day, that is how you begin because habits you need to start extremely small. It’s like flossing, one tooth, just meditate for one minute a day. And make sure you set set up your environment for success. You know, make sure the night before you put out a cushion or something, you’re going to use the set on for that one minute, write it down, say yes, I will do this, put it on your to do list and do it every day, use Lyft, which is an app to help you track what you’re doing. Just put down that one minute meditation, start to gain awareness. And you can slowly start to go for one minute, the five minutes, 10 minutes, 20 minutes. And also start asking yourself one question in a day as well. And it’s just it can be anything can be what do I really want what makes me happy, blah, blah, blah, and just start doing those little things every day and just build it, they’ll eventually build up to where you have more a daily practice. And also, if you’re going to be doing this, do not just put it at some random point in the day, it’s best to put if you’re trying to create a new habit, it should connect with a habit chain. So let’s say in the morning, you always wake up, brush your teeth, do five push ups and make coffee. So when after you’re done drinking your coffee is whenever you would do your one minute meditation and then write down your your one question. Don’t try to do it at two o’clock. Because anything can happen at two o’clock. But in the morning, your routine is generally the same every time because you’re too tired anyway to change it. And then you’re able to start recognising the bad habits and say, Okay, I don’t really like that one advice that I eat so much candy, or some this has been problem, huge problem for me is I have a problem eating candy. So okay, what’s my environment like I would sit down at, I get back from work, sit down on the couch and put on a movie and boom, that was my trigger, I’d go walk out of my apartment, go to 711 come back and have three chocolate bars. And as soon as I stopped watching TV all together, that habit went away with some help with for meditation to identify what my triggers were so
David Ralph [53:25]
so so with meditation, because I I’m I have a problem that I imagine if I didn’t meditate, I would just go to sleep. So how do people actually start meditating. And it’s not just them sitting there wondering what they’re doing, is there a way to sort of kick started to actually get the benefits if they’ve never done that before?
Adam Smith [53:44]
Yeah, drink a lot of coffee before you do it. And also get your heart rate up a little bit, maybe do a few push ups or squats right before you meditate. And all there was some people that gets a little too excited to meditate, because you do have to be in a relaxed state of mind. Breathe deeply and focus on the breath. Heads, I recommended apps in the beginning because it helps you identify, it gives you kind of more of a reason to meditate, because later you kind of start to realise, okay, this is very powerful. But in the beginning, you don’t really see it as much. So headspace is a great iPhone app that teaches you gotta meditate. And that’s actually how I started. So it’s very good. Or you can do a meditation retreat at d h, a mma.org, which is a 10 day of 10 day retreats, and that will absolutely change your life.
David Ralph [54:30]
And do you have to think of an idea before you meditate or is the idea not to think of anything, wait for somebody to pop into your mind,
Adam Smith [54:39]
you really just is you’re focusing on your breath, thoughts and ideas will always pop into your head, you can’t stop that from happening. So you’re just going to drive yourself crazy by not thinking about anything. And I think that’s why a lot of people get frustrated with meditation. So if you just focus on the breath, a thought will come up, and then it’ll go away, a thought will come up and then go away. And the end, what you’re really doing is training your brain to notice the thought, but not let it affect you. So a lot of times people somebody might say something to you, and it really makes you very angry. What meditation helps you do is train your mind to kind of ignore these thoughts and helps you be more more authentic self, because you’re not reacting to these manifestations in your mind, which aren’t even true, they’re not real, they’re really not part of your true self. Because a lot of times these will be negative thoughts, and you have so many in a day that if you’re not meditating, you can just become overpowered by these these random thoughts in your mind. So it’s much more powerful to just to meditate and train your mind to become more, you’ll become much more emotionally resilient, you’ll have more motivation. And it really is just so many positive benefits to meditating.
David Ralph [55:48]
Last question, just before I send you back in time to have a one on one with your younger self, I’m going to send you forward and say, You’re lying on your deathbed, what would you like your mark to be on this planet that Adam Smith has been bare? Do you ever think about that? Or is that something that is just going to happen naturally? Are you aiming on a big picture?
Adam Smith [56:10]
Um, you know, I’m not sure what my my end goal is, right now I, I really want to change the finance industry, I think the banks are just terrible. I mean, the 2008 crash in the States, this is good, that should not have happened. And I really like what simple calm is doing where they have a store, basically a website, front and an app, and they help people save money, they’re not trying to steal money from them, they don’t make money off fees. And my uncle was a connexion with one of the SAM were brothers. He’s a client of his so I have a huge connexion here in Europe. So I really think that if I brought some business like that, to Europe, that maybe I can change some lives and help people gain more financial freedom. So maybe I don’t know if that is something if that’s really what I want to do. But it something that right now I’m very passionate about and thinking about for a few years now, actually. So maybe that
David Ralph [57:05]
and that’s the beauty, isn’t it? You don’t need to have it nailed down, you just need to keep on trying to do stuff.
Unknown Speaker [57:11]
David Ralph [57:12]
Right, let’s play the theme tune. And this is the part of the show that we call the Sermon on the mic. And this is when we send you back in time to have a one on one with your younger self. And if you could go back in time and find the younger Adam, what age Adam, would it be? Would it be a five year old? Would it be the one just going into the army? Or would it be the one a couple of hours ago, so I’m going to play the music and when it fades out, you’re out. And this is the Sermon on the mic.
Unknown Speaker [57:40]
Here we go with the best bit of the show.
Adam Smith [57:59]
Hey, little Adam, this is big Adam, you are doing a fantastic job. Keep up the good work, because I know right now you’re 16 and you’re struggling a lot in high school with making friends and you’re very shy. Please, please, please just start meditating, start asking yourself those questions every day. Start reading as much as you can gain as much knowledge and don’t worry so much about the other people. Because once you become your authentic self, once you really start to find yourself, other people will naturally be drawn to you anyway. So you don’t worry, you will become great. You’re handsome man. And I love you to death. Little Adam. There you go.
David Ralph [58:45]
You know, Adam, I mean, I love you to death as well. Because I look at you. And when you said you was 22 I thought, oh god, I wish I had your drive at the age of 22. I’m 44 now and I’ve just kicked into it. And for years and years and years, I didn’t know what I wanted to do, I just saw floated from one job to another, went out for a few beers in the evening and then have occasional HOLIDAY Every now and again. And that was just how my life was. And so the fact that you are making these decisions at such an early age, it really does give you a head start on so many people. So I salute you, sir. I wish I had your drive at that age.
Adam Smith [59:18]
Thank you, David. But then I also I look see I look at people like the Snapchat founder. Who is he? I think he’s also 22. And he just got offered billions for his company. So I’m like, oh, man, I wish I could start a little bit earlier.
David Ralph [59:33]
I’ve got a chat coming on the show in a couple of hours time. And he is 16 at the moment. And he’s called Houston GM. And he is an entrepreneur in America who’s been with Donald Trump and Dave Ramsey and some kind of the power hitters. And he is inspired to Be a Millionaire by the time he leaves college. And he had a big.in his life when he was in a class assembly. And he said if you do your education, and you really do well for yourself, then by the time you retire, you could have a million dollars and everyone cheered. And he for what so that’s 25,000 for the next 40 years, surely we should celebrate the fact that you know I could be a millionaire by the time I leave college. And that is just that is Dr. beyond anything that I could have perceived having. Well, that’s like a miniature Tim Ferriss in the works. He is absolutely so I’m gonna have an interesting chat with him, as we have had an interesting chat with you. So all the listeners out there. So how can they connect with you?
Adam Smith [1:00:37]
My firstname.lastname@example.org or twitter at Adam, Dave Smith? Those are the two best places.
David Ralph [1:00:46]
Well, it’s been an absolute delight to have you on the show today. Thank you so much for spending time with us today. joining those dots. Please come back again when you have more dots to join up. Because I do believe that by joining those dots and connecting our past is the best way to build our futures. Adam Smith, thank you so much.
Adam Smith [1:01:00]
Thank you, David Have a wonderful day.
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