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Introducing Bubble Wonders With Geoff Akins
Geoff Akins from Bubble Wonders is today’s guest on the Join UP Dots podcast.
I am delighted to have him on the show, as this man really sold himself to me.
I received an amazingly detailed email summarising his life asking to come on the show.
And believe me, if I had known about him beforehand, he wouldn’t have needed to contact me, he would have been first on my list.
He has an amazing tale, which is pure Join Up Dots all the way.
So lets share with you a few of the things that he told me, before we bring him onto the show.
I spent 20 years doing work I hated before deciding I couldn’t go on.
How The Dots Joined Up For Geoff
I decided I HAD to learn my Life’s Purpose and meditated on the answer to that question for a year.
I was rewarded one night with a dream that inspired me to become a teacher.
My life eventually fell apart / Dark Night of the Soul ensued. I lost my home, my teaching job, my marriage, and my pride.
I decided to take my own life but a sudden flash of light gave me the hope I needed to just keep going.
I started healing my life from the inside out.
I attended a men’s group, therapy, 12 Step work, etc to work through my issues.
Then the idea of Bubble Wonders came to the fore and whoosh!
Well if that doesn’t lead us into the most amazing show, then I don’t know what will.
So how did he go from this point, and dragged himself to the point where he could make the life changing leap of faith?
And does he now look back and see the things that he was doing wrong, and see clearly how he has replaced them with the things he is now doing right.
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Geoff Akins
During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Geoff Akins such as:
Why he used the metaphor of the square bubble to demonstrate the persistence that is required to make the impossible possible.
Why young kids live in a state of wonder and amazement, and as adults we need to find that path back to that state, so we can live the dream life.
How he had a huge panic attack, and knew that the route that he was on was so wrong for him. But how do you turn your back on something that up to that point was your life?
How he had an epiphany whilst watching Tom Hanks classic Christmas film “The Polar Express” when he realised that his own personal lack of belief was holding him back.
How one day he was in the classroom and simply picked up a bottle of bubbles and started blowing, and his life was never going to be again.
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Full Transcription Of Geoff Akins Interview
David Ralph [0:00]
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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 [0:37]
Yes, hello, there it is David Ralph. It is Join Up Dots. It’s another episode. It’s another day. I don’t know what else to say. But it is Episode 332 and it’s gonna be a good one today. I’ve been looking forward to this because when it started Join Up Dots over 332 episodes ago, it wasn’t the A listers and I won’t mention this every now and again. But it wasn’t the A listers on I wanted it was the guys the everyman is the people just around the corner from us, the people across the road that were doing sort of incredible things and getting off their backside because I always felt that was closer to what I wanted the show to demonstrate. So when you’re sitting in your cubicles thinking, what more can I do in life? If you look at sort of the Tom Hanks in that is almost too much of a stretch. So I’m absolutely delighted to have today’s guest on the show is this man. He really sold himself to me with an amazingly detailed email summarising his life asking to come on the show. And believe me, If I’d known about him beforehand, he wouldn’t have needed to contact me he would have been first on my list, because he has an amazing towel which appeared Join Up Dots all the way. So let’s share you with a few of the things that he told me on the email before we bring him onto the show. Now he told me I spent 20 years doing work I hated before deciding I couldn’t go on. And if you feel like that, but your hands up Yeah, I’m sure a few of us. He decided that he had to learn his life’s purpose and meditated on the answer to that question for a year. was rewarded one night with a dream that inspired him to become a teacher. And Benny’s life eventually fell apart the dark night of the soul in shoot, he lost his home, he’s teaching job, he’s married, he’s pride. He decided to take his own life. But a sudden flash of light gave him hope that he needed to just keep going. So he started here and he’s life from the inside out. He attended a men’s group therapy, 12 step work, etc. And he worked through these issues way back doesn’t lead us into the most amazing show, but I don’t know what will. So how did he go from this point and drag himself to the point where he could make the life changing leap of faith and does he look back and see the things that he was doing were wrong and see clearly how he was replaced them with the things he is now doing that all right well, let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start Join Up Dots with the one and only Mr. Geoff Akins. How are you Geoff?
Geoff Akins [2:50]
I am doing well. Thank you very much, David.
David Ralph [2:53]
That is a that’s a story, isn’t it? I like I’ll be honest, Geof. I like the kind of guests but I look at it and I go I know actually where I’m going to go on this show, but I could, I could go in any direction on that, as we were saying just before recording, this is going to be a six series episode, this is going to be like a box set, Join Up Dots set, which will hold you to that. I’m sure he will as well. So it is it is an astonishing story of sort of dark and lie and I haven’t even mentioned what you do in your life. So I’m going to take a moment cuz that’s the kind of, it’s gonna be weird, actually. But it’s, it’s brilliant as well. So I’m gonna leave it to you. You tell the audience what you do for a living now and then we’re gonna join up the dots and get you back to that point.
Geoff Akins [3:38]
I am an inspirational speaking who uses bubbles to prove the point that anything is possible.
David Ralph [3:46]
Now say that again, because I’m sure people are gonna go. Excuse me. What did he say? bubbles bubbles, right? So say that again. And this time listeners pay attention.
Geoff Akins [3:56]
I make a living playing with bubbles.
David Ralph [4:00]
Now, if you’re in your cubicle and you’re in your booth or whatever, or you’re on the train and you’re thinking, life has to be serious life can’t be applying this guy will demonstrate value is you can actually go back to your core essence the fun things that you liked as a kid and build an income rounding because it plays to your passion. So I’m going to I’m going to talk about it. So we are talking about sure that the proper kids bubbles, the ones that you put it in a little pot and you blow and then it floats off. little bits of washing up liquid kind of stuff.
Geoff Akins [4:32]
Yep, ordinary bubbles. That’s part of the beauty of it is everybody who sees the show that performance or presentation can relate. We’ve all at one time or another played with bubbles. What’s a very common experience?
David Ralph [4:45]
It will ease isn’t it? I’ll be honest, I still quite like bubbles.
Geoff Akins [4:51]
I think they’re wonderful. It brings out that inner child and that’s a huge part of what I
David Ralph [4:56]
do is when you squeeze that washing up liquid but when you’re doing the washing up and that last bit you’re trying to get it out and a little bubble floats. And you watch it float across the kitchen. Yeah. And you think how high is it going to go? It’s going up it’s going up it’s going up and Vinny pops on the ceiling or something. There is a fascination isn’t there but that’s something that can just go off and and carry your dreams and it does review actually doesn’t know you you blow dreams into it and blow dreams across the audience.
Geoff Akins [5:22]
Yes, most definitely. Most definitely. That’s, I have a theme song. And it starts off What’s your dream?
Unknown Speaker [5:30]
House your dream?
David Ralph [5:31]
Have you heard of the football team? West Ham United in? Yes. Do you know what their theme song is?
Geoff Akins [5:39]
I don’t know. I can’t remember it. But I’ve seen videos and I know they did a big thing where everybody out at the game was blowing bubbles at the same time. I think they tried to break a world record or something wasn’t in a Guinness attempt.
David Ralph [5:51]
They probably would do that. Because if you’re a West Ham supporter, you don’t want to watch the football. You’re gonna do anything you possibly can to pass some time and I do apologise West Ham United if you’re out there, but um, yeah, best song is I’m forever blowing bubbles.
Unknown Speaker [6:06]
Oh, yes. Okay,
David Ralph [6:07]
so like, I don’t know why they even sing this but yeah, it’s a kind of weird dichotomy really that these these passionate manly football supporters are standing on the terraces singing, but we’re blowing bubbles breathe the bubbles in.
Unknown Speaker [6:23]
Yeah, yeah, yeah. That’s a very old song.
David Ralph [6:27]
Yes, very, very old. So So let’s start sort of leading up to how you get to this point. So, you are a motivational speaker. You stand on stages, but you demonstrate how life is possible by blowing a square bubble at the perfect square bubble that flows off. So what is that metaphor? First of all, why have you gone with the square bubble? Because Isn’t it just to do with the shape of what you’re blowing through?
Geoff Akins [6:56]
Well, no, no, I mean I during the project What I do is the theme of the whole presentation is my core message of anything as possible. So to prove it, I try to create something impossible, seemingly impossible, in this case, a square bubble. So that becomes a running gag throughout the show, I keep coming back to it, trying to do it in different ways. For instance, as you suggested, it’s not just the shape of the one I actually use a couple different square shape ones and all they produce, of course, our regular old spherical bubbles, but I don’t give up I keep trying a new way a new attempt some new shift to create this square bubble for what I’m speaking at schools, I think it’s invaluable for students to see an adult fail, but to fail with humour is and persistence that even though it didn’t work, I learned from it and I adapt and I move on.
David Ralph [7:56]
So did I go, come on, come on, did I sort of buy into it? Did I say I rooting for you? Or do they kind of like the fact that you are actually failing? Because I believe, actually, but you could do it first go? Could you? Is that the idea? Of course? Well, yeah, I
Geoff Akins [8:11]
don’t know what I mean, it’s at this point I can do the square bubble in my sleep, I can do most of the mechanical things that I do with the bubbles as second nature now, which then allows me to become more focused on the audience members and to, to reach out through eye contact and, and really touch people’s lives right during the performance because the mechanics already down and frees up so much more of my awareness. So the square bubble, I can do it. But I intentionally fail for dramatic effect, especially for kids because they do think, or even some adults say, well, when you first tried to blow through that square one, there was a little part of me maybe their own inner child, that really hope that you could do it. And so when I finally do make a square bubble at the end, There’s this huge aha and yeah, kids are always rooting. You can do it bubble, man, you can do it. It’s so sweet,
David Ralph [9:06]
easy, just kids my way or do you stand up in front of adults and do the same thing?
Geoff Akins [9:11]
Oh, it’s across the board. I do a lot with the elementary schools and middle schools and high schools. And then I do corporate work and organisations and associations. So it all depends on who I’m speaking to the bubble tricks that I do, would all be the same. Like I can put a kid inside a bubble during the school show. I could put a CEO inside a bubble and what I’m doing, you know,
David Ralph [9:36]
focusing on the next question, and then I suddenly have he puts a kid inside a bubble and how do you do that?
Geoff Akins [9:45]
I have a large pan I actually a moat is what I’m using now. So you pour some bubble solution into that. And then you take a big hoop like a hula hoop, and you wet that inside this. This mode the child stands or the adult stands. In the centre of that moat and then I just bring that hoop up over them and it’s it causes sort of like a cylinder of bubble solution to rise up above them and then I kind of twist my wrist at the end and close the bubble so they are standing in a bubble momentarily.
David Ralph [10:15]
Have you ever panic when the kids started to take off and float up towards towards the ceiling?
Geoff Akins [10:22]
No, that hasn’t happened yet. It hasn’t happened yet. But there I have to address that especially if I’m doing you know a shover really, really young children I’ve had a situation where a child will will get all the way up there and I don’t often tell them what’s going to happen for it happens because I like the reaction. I love the surprise. But there’s sometimes I get them all set and then I say with your permission i’d like you put put you in a bubble now and there’s been a couple of kids you know, in the past who shake their head no, they’re they’re so unsure of what’s going to happen. I’ve had more than one child turned to me and whisper Will I be able to breathe in there. So it’s it’s the fear of the unknown and it was really clever. I realised over the years that the kids were teaching me how to hone my show to make it even better because it that was kind of disruptive those times when a child would get inside a bubble, and then I would go to pull it up, and they were too frightened to let me do it. And then I felt bad because I didn’t want to send them back to their seed. And of course, every kid in the audience now knows I’m going to need another helper. So everybody wants to be a helper anyway, it just it kind of broke the flow of the whole performance. And so I really kind of worked out in my head, what can I do to to, to change that to make that a no lose? Make it a win win situation. And I came up with what I thought was a good, a good response, and I tried it out the next time I did a show. Early in the show, I asked for a volunteer for something and I noticed one of the girls in the audience who had raised her hand didn’t have a hand she had actually lost it. I later learned in a in a farming accident, but I was so proud of the fact She could have raised her other hand, which was fine. So she had no, no fear about showing her her her lack of a hand. And so I decided I was going to use her at the end of the show and put her inside a bubble. And so the same thing happened. I got her all the way in the pan. And I said, Now I’m going to lift the hoop up and put you inside a bubble. And she shook her head. No, she looked really scared. So here was the chance to test out this theory. So I asked her just to step outside the pan and stand right there next to me. And then I looked across the room, and I chose some boy on the other side of the room. And she whispered, oh, that’s my brother. So already, the synchronicity started the flow. So I’m thrilled he comes up gets right in the pan. I put him in the bubble three times. The place goes crazy. The kids are clapping, the adults are laughing. And then the moment of truth. I turned to this little girl, her name was sky and I said sky. Would you like to be inside the bubble now? And she shook her head and said yes, and she stepped right into that pan and I stopped And I let that moment she’s hanging there in the air. And I looked at the audience. And I said, these are the moments that I live for when a child is willing to step out of their comfort zone and try something new. And then I thanked her for being so brave. I thanked her brother for showing by example, there was nothing to fear. And it was just this sweet, sweet moment as a result of really trying to find to like how can I change a no into a yes in a way that respects the child because sometimes even even if I do that there’s been children that still say, No, I don’t want to be inside the bubble. And then of course, you honour that and you move on. So it’s a win win no matter what happens because the child feels empowered to make a choice.
David Ralph [13:43]
But that is a life changing moment. But that little girl it is she confronted at the Did you ever had the ones the horrible kids that when they go up there they go, Oh, can I can I breathe? You’ll go. No, you can’t. No, you can’t
Unknown Speaker [13:57]
David Ralph [13:58]
Do you ever do that?
Geoff Akins [13:59]
No. I You know, early Am I
David Ralph [14:01]
Unknown Speaker [14:03]
Geoff Akins [14:04]
well, that’s just it you as a performer, as a presenter, you kind of get a feel, you know, you, you start to have a good intuition of who’s going to be a good volunteer up there. So I purposely won’t choose somebody if they’ve been, you know, a bit of a monster during the show. And then even that becomes a teachable things go. Some of the kids when I’m doing again, I’m talking about the elementary school staying on that for a woman. They’re so excited that they they can, you know, they can be disruptive because they’ll be yelling out questions or trying to pop the bubbles. And if it gets, I try to play it off, humorously try to bring things back in order. But occasionally, I actually just say like a parent would say, Okay, I only give three warnings. And then you have to go and sit back by your parents or sit back by teacher, whatever. And that usually pretty much ends it and I’ve had a couple that went to two or three and then I’ve actually had to do it, send them back, but the parents and the adults in the audience come up afterward and say thank you for doing that, like somebody really needs to step in. And very often the client who hires me to do the school presentation isn’t in a position to do that. And sometimes the teachers are busy with their own classes. But it also kind of sets this boundary. You know, I talked about being respectful at the beginning of this show, to kind of set the conditions for what I expect during the presentation, in order that these messages that I’m putting out there, reach the audience rather than the whole thing being derailed by a child’s excitement. But the beauty is, is if that child has been given warnings, and then they and then they, they shape up, they they behave and just taking the show, very often I try to bring that child up to put them inside the bubble at the end to show that it’s good, you know, you I asked you to behave you behave and now I want to reward the fact that you were able to, to kind of use your will to Hold it. Hold in some of that enthusiasm. And now I want to make you part The show for doing such a great job.
David Ralph [16:02]
Well, what I love about this is we see time and time again. I’m a motivational speaker, I’m I bring out my message. And it’s always to the kind of stayed corporate audience who had just been told to go. But what you’re doing, you’re kind of inspiring the kids have the possibilities before life starts dragging them down when they’re still in that wonder stage. And that is amazing. I remember when I was a kid, having sort of magicians turn up at schools. And to be honest, now looking back on that probably the last kind of men that you would want to have as magicians, I was like something, something slightly wrong with these old men that would sort of come up to the school, but there was still that kind of a wonder, but it was looking back on as opposed to it was the wonder that they were doing something they like to demonstrate their magic, but what you’re doing you are saying the magics in you and saying to the audience, this is your All right, this is the possibility and the kids young, but do you think they really get it?
Geoff Akins [17:05]
Oh, I think they already know this. They live in that they are living from a sense of wonder. So a lot of what I do I say is is for the kids, but they already get this. Sometimes this is meant for the adults in the audience. I’m calling out I’m trying to, to invite out that child inside of the adults. So when I do presentations, where it’s whole families, it’s the parents, it’s the grandparents, it’s the adults that come up with tears in their eyes saying My kids love the bubbles but I really need to hear this message. So it’s really touching more on just how can you blow some bubbles and connect them together and make some really interesting shapes and and do some tricks with bubbles. I’m using all that just as a way to focus people’s attention and in a kind of magical way because they are so beautiful and then the show is funny in there. Lots of humour, and these little touching moments, but all of it is just to kind of put people into that state of mind where they really feel that anything is possible.
David Ralph [18:11]
Let’s take you back in time now because I could quite frankly talk about this bubble shover for three or four hours, I find it fascinating. It really plays and sort of my passion is that anything is possible in life. But you’re in a state of Wonder every morning you wake up and you go off and do these these kind of amazing shows, and you inspire and you love doing it. But there must have been a time just before you started doing it that you didn’t think it was possible. How can you make money blowing bubbles, it kind of blows my mind just even though I’m talking to you at the same time, you kind of think, how do you do it? How do you do it? Who’s gonna pay you to see somebody play? blow bubbles? So how did you do that? How did you sort of get over that mindset of, I’m going to do something I love is going to inspire people is going to be as close to play I can do as an adult, and people are gonna pay me.
Geoff Akins [19:04]
You know, when I first started out, it wasn’t about making money. It’s never been about making money. You know, I, when I went into teaching as a younger man, I listen, this was part of that whole kind of getting in touch with what was really important to me. And what I realised this was I don’t, I don’t need a lot. I would rather live a simple life very frugally, but doing those things that I really love to do, rather than doing what I had done, which was things like working on third shift in a factory, you know, just hating getting up and going to work every day just so I can, you know, earn a little money to pay rent to do the same thing the next day. It’s like it just didn’t feel right. So I really had to kind of reevaluate what was most important, and I remembered those few teachers in my life who really made a difference and I thought, I want Do that I’ve always been attracted to teaching I feel like I’ve always had a teacher in me and I’ve taught things from Sunday school to little classes here and there, I really felt comfortable. And I’ve always had a connection with children I, I’ve been called the Pied Piper. More than one occasion, sometimes complete strangers, like walking into a classroom and a child just coming over and and, you know, wrapping an arm around my shoulder and teachers going, he’s never reached out to anybody before. So I don’t know if it’s just something you’re born with. But I realised I want to go into teaching. And I realised, okay, that’s, that’s not like going into corporate. It’s not like I’m going to make any money doing this, but it didn’t matter. It didn’t matter. For me it was more about I’m going to do something that’s going to make me feel good about who I am and feel like I’m giving back that I can make some sort of difference. And so it just became a shifting of consciousness, you know, what is it that I really want to do and then how do I go about doing That the bubbles that all came later on, you know, I didn’t, I had no idea that bubbles was going to be that thing for me. And, and that’s what I say, you know, during the presentation, you never know when a moment is going to change your life forever. So sometimes it’s about being open to the moment, not knowing when those little doorways are going to open and then you kind of step through into the unknown because ever that sense of wonder again,
David Ralph [21:28]
well, absolutely. And I’m that happened with me. I was just listening to a podcast one day and I thought I could do that. And it was as simple as that. And I had no idea how to do it. But it was just as soon as you get there, and I emphasise this a lot, Jeff, but if you think to yourself, I could do that. You’re halfway there. Kind of tease and all that kind of stuff that that takes care of itself. But just having that I can do that. That’s the start of the belief, isn’t it?
Geoff Akins [21:57]
It is that is key. That was a huge turning point for me. By about 10 years ago, I had already started doing some of the bubble performing while I was still working. I know in the podcast you talk about those who make these leaps of faith and then some will kind of like tip their toe in very slowly. I forget the term you might we call it yes slide of faith. So I was sort of like that, you know, I was I was actually going out and doing some shows on weekends and all summers long when I wasn’t teaching. And I, I even had an opportunity to travel overseas and perform for a couple of weeks at a science museum in Israel. So I came back thinking, This is amazing. I, I’ve travelled out of the country, which I’ve never done before. I’ve travelled the country in order to perform and do something that I love to do, but there was a part of me That thought, but I can’t quit my job. You know, I need that security, I need my health insurance, I need my benefits. And I even turned down a scholarship that I had worked so hard for, to go back to earn a master’s in special education because something in me said, that’s just not what I was supposed to do, even though I felt I would have been a great service and I think I would have done a great job. I had actually had a full blown panic attack and decided to not pursue it. I let it go. And I turned on the scholarship.
David Ralph [23:35]
about that moment, yes. When you had the panic attack, was it a full blown you couldn’t breathe and all that business or was it just yeah, it was the full on panic attack.
Geoff Akins [23:45]
Oh, yeah. And I had never experienced that before in my life too. So I knew that this was something Something was coming up in me. I mean, I had done months and months of work, writing these these statement papers. And basically selling myself getting past teachers and, and and letters of reference and character references from from adults in my life attesting to my character and how, you know, I should be chosen to receive this scholarship to go back to school and study for this Master’s in special education. There were personal interviews with the school I went through this whole rigorous process, and I was literally sitting there with the paperwork in front of me pen in hand, and I couldn’t force myself to sign my name to the paper. And I couldn’t breathe. I was heaving trying to catch my breath. I felt sweaty, and, and and chills at the same time I was literally shaking. And I realised I can’t do this. I can’t force myself to do this. If I’m feeling this way is like, this should be a natural. This should be like, Oh, I can’t wait to do this. And I wasn’t feeling that. So I told the woman I said, I can’t sign this right now. And she said, Well, I understand this. This is a big commitment. Take the weekend. And and and let us know what you decide. And driving home I realised there’s no way that I’m going to do that.
David Ralph [25:16]
Well was it was a gift? Yes. When you look back on it?
Geoff Akins [25:20]
Oh, most definitely. Most definitely. I mean, I didn’t understand it. But it felt so good. There was this instant sense of relief, that I didn’t do it out of a sense of obligation, or out of a sense of fear or lack, like I have to do this I’ve committed I have to follow through. That was new for me realising that even even though I wanted it at one point, if it no longer fit for me, it was okay to let it go. I gave myself that permission to turn away from something that just didn’t feel right anymore. I had to honour what I was feeling is all
David Ralph [25:57]
gut intuition, isn’t it? We were playing this This speech at Steve Jobs says at the end of the show the whole theme of the show, but he talks about following your gut. And I can honestly say, I’m going to say 100% of the time, it feels that way. But when I go against my gut, it’s wrong. And I can see afterwards. And the times when I go with my gut, it’s right. And it’s amazing, but it is so accurate in so many ways. But I look back at all the big mistakes I made when I went for a job because it had huge amounts of potential and money, but I didn’t fancy doing it, but I still did it. And I remember going out with you know, some gal but i thought was going to be amazing, but deep in my heart, I knew she was gonna be a lunatic and she turned out to be a lunatic, you know, and all those kind of things you got is that the way forward, isn’t it? If we can only allow ourselves to listen to it?
Geoff Akins [26:51]
Yeah, trust yourself, trust yourself. And sometimes that’s hard. Because if it’s leading you in one way or another, that you’re not fully familiar with that direction? You know, for me with that, making that decision not to do it, then it became, well, what do I do now? You know, I’ve worked so hard. So sometimes it’s the fear of the unknown that keeps me personally stuck in, in making a decision that goes against what my gut is saying. But I’m learning and that’s part of the process is that the beauty of it is the more that I that I trust that gut and that intuition, the better and the stronger it becomes. It’s like using a new muscle, you talk about the hustle muscle, this is sort of like the intuition muscle for me, I think it sets up this kind of agreement with whatever you want to call it life or the universe, that, okay, I’m willing to listen to you. You know, if you keep guiding me, I will listen to you. And when I do it, and I follow that intuition, and I act on it when it comes along. I think it just grows stronger and stronger and stronger as it becomes a little more fluid and I trust it.
David Ralph [27:54]
I agree with that totally. And I’m going to play some words now that really, really ram home this point. Jim Carrey
Unknown Speaker [28:02]
my father could have been a great comedian, but he didn’t believe that that was possible for him. And so he made a conservative choice. Instead, he got a safe job as an accountant. And when I was 12 years old, he was let go from that safe job. And our family had to do whatever we could to survive. I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which was that you can fail at what you don’t want. So you might as well take a chance on doing what you love
David Ralph [28:28]
at your life, is it?
Geoff Akins [28:31]
Oh, yeah, almost definitely. I love that, quote. I’ve listened to that whole speech that he gave for that commencement several times. Now Jim Carrey is a personal hero of mine. I just find him amazing. And then when I start to see more of this, you know, kind of spiritual, older, inspiring part of his lifestyle and the way he’s living. It just moves me on a deeper level. Another thing that he said I’m just paraphrasing. This is the idea that he wishes that everyone could be rich and famous, just so they would realise that that’s not the answer. You know that there’s more to life and having these material things or some kind of notoriety, isn’t what people are really, really looking for. It’s more of a sense of purpose. And so that quote is just another one that just really kind of moves me on a very deep level and kind of, it’s like a compass for me, like, come back to what’s really,
David Ralph [29:28]
I think that is an absolute blueprint. I really do. And I think that’s the thing that people miss out on. How does it make me feel? And I think if you’re looking in the mirror in the morning, and you’re shaving, or you’re brushing your teeth, whatever going to work and you’re thinking, God, Ben, you just know it’s wrong. Now, I know, I know. It’s so difficult to then backtrack from that because you’ve worked towards something and you’re earning money and all these kind of things. I know it’s difficult because our I was in that difficult stage for many, many years, and couldn’t see how I could step away from it. But what I do say to people, if you’re feeling that time and time again, vain, when you get home from work in the evening, start working on something different that does make you feel different, go to bed happy. If it means that you wake up unhappy, and then after a while that slider favours we talk about, we’ll get to a point but you can make a decision, and you can decide what Jeff did. But actually the route he was on, I’m not going to sign my signature. I’m going to follow something even though I have no idea how it’s going to work. It feels right.
Geoff Akins [30:37]
Yeah. Well, that slide of faith again, you know, so here I am, I’m, I’m working out of necessity and out of out of fear, but this time I’d already let go of the scholarship. Most of my friends and family didn’t understand you gave up a scholarship for what and for what I never said it right away was I really had this desire to do more performing and Presenting I mean, I never felt so alive. As I do when I’m in front of an audience sharing these messages, the same messages that you share every podcast that just it makes me on fire. I’m, I’m expressing the deepest gifts and talents that I have, and in a way that I love to do it. And yet there was that fear. So the turning point for me going back to what you were saying earlier about what you believe is possible. I had gone to a high school where I was working as a one on one with a young man who had severe mental and physical disabilities. He could not walk on his own, he couldn’t talk. He could barely move, really. He was sort of confined to a wheelchair and I had to basically parent him, I fed him. I brought him to the bathroom. And this is a little bit out of my comfort zone. I had never been a parent at that point. I really wasn’t very comfortable with some of the things I had to do was part of my duty. And but so that was weighing on me to like, I love teaching but this isn’t, this isn’t like using my, my real gifts and talents. And then I had a taste of the freedom of even travelling overseas to do what I really loved. And then I I just couldn’t put two and two together, like how could I do this? How could I go out and make a living doing? What I really want to do. And the turning point was we went to a field trip, we left school to go and see the movie, The Polar Express. Are you familiar with the blog,
David Ralph [32:31]
sitting on my shelf for many years, and I’ve never watched it, it kind of looked boring. Maybe it’s not.
Geoff Akins [32:39]
It’s, it was life changing for me. So the basic story is about a young boy who was he’s about eight, nine years old. He’s starting to believe that Santa might not be real. So he goes on, they don’t match what might not The the key point happens is, he’s up at the North Pole, Santa comes out. And then this bell, this beautiful silver Bell falls off the reindeer harness and it slides across the ice and it lands at this boy’s feet. And he picks it up and he’s shaking the bell, but he can’t hear it ring. It’s absolutely silent for him. And he can’t make it ring because he doesn’t believe he’s lost belief. He’s lost faith. So he’s shaking this bell and he’s slowly willing himself. He’s trying to convince himself and he shakes this bell over and over and over again saying I believe, I believe i believe i believe i believe and when he finally does, the bell rings out for him. And in that moment, I had an epiphany sitting in that darkened theatre. That’s what was missing. It was simple and profound. Had to believe that I could make a living doing what I really love to do. And in that moment, I did. I don’t know what shift, but something clicked into place. And I close my eyes and inside, I whispered into the deepest part of myself into my heart. I believe, I believe I can make a living doing what I really love to do. And at that moment, the boy sitting next to me in a theatre reached over and held my hand and it took my breath away, had he had he made any sort of movement anytime throughout the day, it would have been wonderful would have been nothing short of a miracle. But for him to reach out and hold my hand in that theatre right at that moment when I had affirmed my belief. To me that was like a nod from the universe. It’s funny,
David Ralph [34:50]
isn’t it when you get there, right? And it can be a line from a song, it can be something beyond whatever. Obviously, this is about you. I’m going to tell you a story about me. I went to see a film please my stamen we bought a zoo. And I didn’t want to go and see this film, but he just didn’t fancy I didn’t fancy at all, but I went anyway. And if you haven’t seen it listeners, it is a great film. It’s about this guy who’s a businessman who takes a risk on something and he buys his house. And eight pounds, there’s a zoo in it. And it’s not like a zoo with rabbits. It’s a zoo with lions and and the big animals. So it’s going to cost him a fortune to run this. And there’s no reason at all for him to do this in any shape or form. But there was something that made him do it. And he struggled and he struggled. And as he was struggling, he was losing track of his family. And he was thinking, why am I doing this? Why am I doing this? My son doesn’t want to be here. My daughter doesn’t really and I’m ruining everything. But he kept on going for it. And then what happened in the film was, you start off on something that just seems mad to everyone. No one understands it and you’re surrounded by the nice And then you get to a point where people start to go. I like what you’re doing. I like the fact that you’re putting passion into it. I’m living my life through your energies, and you will start finding support. And I was watching this bill. And he, I think, looking back on it, it was around about the time when I was starting to ping, I’ve got to leave my job. And I’d always been into that point where I can’t leave my job, I’ve got to pay the bills, I got to do this for the family. I’ve got to support them. And I started crying, and I’m not crying really generally. I had weird moments are crying, but that’s sort of I think, where did that come from? But I was watching this film and I thought, oh my god, oh my god. And I started crying in this film. And I couldn’t stop and I thought, oh my god, the lights are gonna come on, people are going to see me it What can I do? What can I do? And
Unknown Speaker [36:50]
also, you were actually in the theatre. I was
David Ralph [36:55]
with my family next to me. And there’s a bit when he sits with the sun and I was saying Next to my son, and they, the two of them had this conversation about what is possible. And they kind of come together. And I looked at that. And I think that was a moment. For me. That was a moment when I realised that for once in my life, I’ve got to buy a zoo. I’ve got to go and do something, which makes no sense to anyone. But I’ve got to make it make sense. And I do think that when you when you get those kind of moments, that once again, there was no reason for me to stop blabbing like a girl. That’s not me. But I look back on it now. And I think I should have paid more attention to that, that that was saying something to me, but you just got to ping Oh, I’m having it.
Geoff Akins [37:41]
And it did and it definitely made an impact on you. And I’m sure it ripples forward and gave you part of the inspiration to to do what you’re doing. Now. Those moments are just so profound, and they’re like seeds and sometimes they they’re planted in us and obviously mean if you brought you to tears there was something that was resonating and And and then the seed blossoms a little bit later on when the next thing help kind of water it. You know, and I love so first
David Ralph [38:07]
thing is I’ve watched the film since and it doesn’t affect me at all. I watch it and it’s almost like, my emotion. I got my emotion out at that moment. And I watch it now. And I think Yeah, why am I not feeling the same way? Why am I not feeling or blobby and like a girl and I, I set myself up with my box of tissues all around me Just in case, my support system, and it doesn’t get me and so I do think Yeah, but for the listeners out there, if you have these moments that you kind of think, or where did that come about? Instead of just brushing them off? You should think to yourself, why did that come about? Why did I feel that at that moment was is there a message in there because without getting a bit whoo, whoo. I do think now that there’s a lot of things that go on that we just ignore, because we’re too busy. But it’s actually shows you the way that you should be going and it can be a conversation with somebody. It can be the fact that you just go into a building and you pick up a book It could be anything but there’s there’s some there’s some weird stuff going on. Not least square bubbles.
Geoff Akins [39:08]
Yeah, most definitely. And I love something else that you you mentioned in that, in that experience is the whole idea of, you know, in your case leaving a do a podcast and his case, you know, taking over a zoo that how some people are, you know, don’t understand why you’re doing something like that. I even say that right in the presentations I said, some people and I, I make the point I do a trick where I have somebody come up and we try to put a pencil inside a bubble, of course it pops a bubble. And then I have them wet the pencil with the bubble solution and it slides right in without bursting it. And then I make a point as you all Raise your hand if you’ve ever had somebody burst your bubble. Sometimes we are the ones that burst our own bubbles, but sometimes it’s friends, family, people close to us, even teachers and things like that, and then I make the point that Don’t let that stop you. You can’t listen to somebody, if they say something’s not possible for you, and yet you believe it does you, you believe you can do something. Focus on that because some people are never going to understand your dream because it’s not meant for them. So there’s no way they can comprehend what it is that you’re going through
David Ralph [40:23]
where you are now is perfect for you. Absolutely. You can hear it, you love doing it. But there was that time in the introduction, as we say, the dark night of the soul ensued when you look back at it, and obviously I don’t want to dwell on this or suicide attempt or the fault of doing it and all that kind of stuff. But was it a case that you were just doing the wrong things that led you to that point or was it but you’d lost control someone?
Geoff Akins [40:51]
I think it was a little bit of both. I think it was just life. And the more that I was moving deeper and deeper away from the things that most mattered to me, I seem to just get a little loss, you know, I mean, I’m not the only one that’s ever grown up and had, you know, kind of a rough and tumble childhood and situation wasn’t very good at home, but it just kind of compounds if that’s what you grow up with. That becomes the norm and you start to live from a place where maybe you don’t make the best decisions or life is hard or you don’t have very much money or there’s struggle in some form or another in all of our lives. And finally, I just reached this breaking point where nothing was working anymore, and I feel it’s almost like pruning a tree like I had to let everything fall away. Now of course, I’m saying this as if I had any control of it this, this happened to me. A lot of it was consequences of
David Ralph [41:53]
you, you made the wrong decision. Keeping for life, isn’t it?
Geoff Akins [41:58]
Right, right now some of it I think it becomes habitual patterns of ours based on the way that we acted as a child in order to survive a dysfunctional upbringing. Right, you, you, you, you have certain tactics for how you, you live from day to day to protect yourself and then those worked in that moment. But then when we still subconsciously use those same those same coping mechanisms as adults, they no longer work and they can be actually detrimental. So at one point, as you said at the beginning, I, I had lost everything I was reduced to just absolute helplessness. And that was a starting point, I realised that whatever I was doing wasn’t enough. I don’t know what to do. And as I said, I, at that point, I had moved back home briefly with my mother, and I sat in my bed one morning thinking I don’t there’s nothing There’s no reason to live. I even had a plan in mind. I was feeling very calm about the whole thing. My my then ex father in law, he was a gun collector. I had a key to his house, I knew exactly where they were, I had shot with him before. I had a plan to go in and take a gun and go out in the woods somewhere and just end it. And at that point, my mom knocked on the door in my bedroom and said, Hey, I made a little breakfast, come on out. And so I went out. And afterward I was taking my plate to the kitchen. And out of the blue, she says, Do you know that song? I love it. It was in that movie City of Angels. Sarah McLaughlin sings that. And before she could even say it, I knew the song she meant in the arms of the angel and I turned around, and I started to sing the very beginning of that song. And in that moment, there was this huge flood Light as tall, you know from floor to ceiling right next to my mom. I don’t know what it was. Personally, I don’t know what people’s beliefs are. I love to believe that this was angelic. But there was this huge flash of this blue purple light gone in a moment, but it was enough to shake me to my core. Because she was just talking about an angel. I was thinking about the Sarah McLachlan song. And all I know is that was another one of those moments that changed my life forever. It took my breath away. And I just realised things are going to be okay. Forget the plan. You’re not going over to your father’s house. You are not going to end up in the woods. There’s more. Just have courage. Take things one step at a time. put one foot in front of the other and do what you have to do. Continue and grow and heal, because you’re meant for more than that.
David Ralph [45:04]
And that is the moment isn’t it? That’s the moment that I think everybody has when they realise that they are meant for more. When you’re doing a job and you look at the housework, and you think I could be doing more than this, or you look at your bank account, and your bank account is empty, and it’s always empty, and you think to yourself, I work hard. I’m working really hard. Why am I not getting my my rewards? Because you deserve more. You deserve more?
Unknown Speaker [45:33]
Geoff Akins [45:35]
Yeah, there’s got to be more to life than doing things you don’t like to do just so that you can continue doing that same thing over and over and over again, I had to make a decision to do something different. And that’s made all the difference.
David Ralph [45:50]
So I’ll just play the words of Steve Jobs, which are the theme to the whole show. How the hell did the bubble bit come about stepping back into the positive
Unknown Speaker [46:00]
Did you see some
David Ralph [46:01]
do it and go? That’s a good idea. Did you just stopping because, you know, I go into the kids parties, and I see them playing with bubbles, but not once until I started speaking to you would I have ever thought I could do something with this?
Geoff Akins [46:16]
Well, that was another one of those moments that changed my life forever. I was working in special ed. And I was assigned to a summer school programme working with preschoolers. And I was completely captivated by one student was the first child I ever met on the autism spectrum. And I was fascinated how he would come in every day and leave every day without interacting with anybody. He had to set routine. That’s all he did every day. Thinking about in hindsight, I think I was in that kind of situation. I think a lot of people it’s the same thing. We have our routines, or maybe we’re all on that spectrum of somewhere based on doing jobs that we no longer really motivated by when I saw that boy and I was really captivated. And I would just really take him in observe what he Did and tried to learn his routine and one day I was asked to clean up this shelf full of games and toys and puzzles, and I found a bottle of bubbles up there and I hadn’t played with bubbles since I was a little kid. But my own inner child came out and I reached up and I grabbed on the bottle I went to open I realised I was a little embarrassed, like I didn’t want the teachers, or assistance or even the students may be to see me play with these bubbles. I was a little embarrassed. So I turned away from the class made sure no one could see what I was doing. I opened up the bottle, and I just blew a bubble of two for my own inner joy. And after a moment or two, I felt the hair on the back of my neck stand up. And I turned around and discovered that that little boy I mentioned, had broke routine he stopped what he was doing to come over to see what I was doing with the bubbles. And I was so amazed. I actually saw his eyes for the first and only time because he was looking at the bubble one in my hand as I brought it up to my mouth and I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t No any tricks with bubbles back then. But I just intuitively did what I thought was right. I blew those bubbles for as long as he was a gauge, just thankful for that connection. And afterward, all I could wonder was, what could I have done with those bubbles? What more could I have done to lengthen that period of time that he allowed me in? and answering that question is turned into a full time calling
David Ralph [48:24]
and the fact that you are using bubbles, which you must have had to practice and practice and practice and practice? Does it now set you up to the fall of actually if I put my mind to something I can do anything?
Geoff Akins [48:38]
Well, that’s it. For me. It was bubbles and yes, I am and answering that question. What could I do I do remember seeing a man his name is Tom Nati. He was all over TV back in the 80s as the the first one to really bring bubbles as an art form out into the public and I searched him. I’ve tracked him down. I contacted him. mailed him. Whenever he came to Chicago, I went to all his shows and really took in what he did one night, I actually went out to dinner with him. And he has since become my bubble mentor and just a real wonderful role model. And actually, that’s how my show with the tagline anything is possible. That all came about, because during his show, he was talking about how he wanted to blow a square bubble and a physics professor said, That’s impossible. And then he created one, and said, nothing’s impossible. And then that was another one of those moments that clicked into place for me. I thought, well, if nothing’s impossible, then anything is possible. It completely opened up. The notion that whatever we dream about, if it’s something we’re really passionate about, anything is possible and that just became my mantra. Anything is possible. Anything is possible. What is it that you really want to do? What is what’s the way I closed my show, after I’ve successfully made that Square bubble. And I’ve kind of shared this journey, the story of the arc of how I overcame adversity and how I persisted and I learned how to use my gifts and talents. I turn it outwards to the audience. They’ve just been in this state of wonders. I’ve created square a bubble that there’s there’s huge, collective Aha. And then I turn it outward and I say, What’s your dream? What impossible things are you going to do? What’s your square bubble? And just remember, whatever your dreams are, no matter our age or situation, all we have to remember are those three simple words. Anything is possible.
David Ralph [50:45]
I can see why the adults buy into this big time. I am sitting here thinking to myself, I want to go to Madison Square Garden and see Jeff and he’s square bubble. I think that the the adults of the world Need to realise that anything is possible and the fact that you’ve decided that you’re going to do this, and you practice and practice and practice and it must have taken you forever in a day to even get the first vaguely square looking bubble.
Geoff Akins [51:14]
Oh, yeah. Yeah. But the difference is when you as you know, when you do things you love. It makes it easier. You know, you you’re willing to put in those hours because you’re doing something that’s fun. I say that during the show. At one point, we’re all laughing, me and the audience and I turned I say, can you? Can you see that? I really love what I do just kind of break down that fourth wall. Do you? Can you see that? I love my job. And they say yes. And I say, I was told as a child, do what you love. You’ll never work a day in your life. That’s not exactly true. But you know, I’ve never worked harder than I’ve ever worked in my life as I’m working now. But I love what I do, and that makes all the difference. And then I thank them. I said thank you for the applause. I appreciate the applause. It makes all those hours. practising in my bathtub worthwhile and
David Ralph [52:02]
emphasise to the listeners and I didn’t mention this at the beginning of the show. Jeff started recording this at 3:30am. Middle of the night. Did you stay up? Or did you go to bed and get back up Jeff?
Geoff Akins [52:17]
I did. I did go to bed. I have two little ones at home. My daughter Gracie just turned one. My son Zander will be three in June. So I went to bed around the time they did early in the evening, and set my alarm to get up about an hour before our broadcast so that I would be refreshed. And that’s when when you know you’re doing something that you love. You will do that. For the people that don’t like doing it. It would be madness.
David Ralph [52:42]
Well how past three in the morning. I don’t want to do that. But I do a lot of interviews on other people’s shows. And more often than not, they’re like five o’clock in the morning and you think to yourself, I would never have done that. In the old days. I would never have done that. But now I think to myself, Yeah, why not? Why not get up and have a motivational chat. That’s the way to start the day, isn’t it?
Unknown Speaker [53:03]
Exactly better than coffee? Absolutely. And cheaper as well? Well,
David Ralph [53:07]
let’s play the words but make the whole show possible. And these are the words that Steve Jobs said back 10 years ago now. And although he’s not here, the words are going to be here forever. This is Steve Jobs.
Steve Jobs [53:22]
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 leads you off the well worn path. And that will make all the difference. Those words tie up
David Ralph [53:56]
to you Jeff.
Geoff Akins [53:59]
Yes, This so profound, and it’s absolutely true. And for me, as I’ve been listening to your podcast and hearing that quote over and over and taken in, I had a realisation recently, David that I’m doing that exact same thing. But I’m, I’m not thinking of dots as two dimensional spots on a page. I’m literally creating three dimensional smears three dimensional dots using my bubbles, and I’m doing that very thing I am connecting up bubbles in front of others. I’m demonstrating this connecting. So one bubble one sphere might be my love of teaching one might be my love of inspiring people. One might be my love of humour and magic, one might be my love of, of creating a sense of wonder and others and possibility when I start connecting all those three dimensional dots together and make a square bubble, a bubble cube. It’s this beautiful visual that incap It’s exactly what Steve Jobs said in that wonderful. So what is your big dog? What’s
David Ralph [55:05]
your big boy? I’ve never asked in that way before but when you look like where did it all start coming together for you?
Geoff Akins [55:14]
Well, mine, mine actually had a dream mine. Mine was a dream, a physical dream. Like when you go to sleep and you have a dream at night, I had been doing a lot of work about trying to overcome a lot of stress in my life and kept having these reoccurring nightmares. And so I was doing a lot of dream work and reading everything I could about dreams. And I came across this concept of a lucid dream. I’m not sure if you’re familiar with that, where basically you’re dreaming and yet you wake up in the dream you realise somehow in the dream that you are dreaming. And then there’s different schools of thought some say oh, well then you can do whatever you want. You take control of the dream. Others say, now that you’re conscious within the dream, then you can explore it. Like if someone’s chasing, you can Turn and confront them and say why, why are you chasing me? And you can learn about yourself while in the actual dream experience. So this really profound moment of lucidity. And I actually had one, my very first one, I found myself in the basement of a school. It was dark, it was scary. And I’m walking on this thin ledge. And I know that if I place my foot the wrong place, I’m going over into this bottomless pit, just this abyss of the unknown, and I’m frightened beyond belief, and I’m clutching the wall, hugging this wall trying not to fall off this little ledge into the abyss, one step at a time, one foot after another just absolutely petrified. When all of a sudden, I hear someone call my name. And it’s the sound of a boy and it freaks me out because I think I’m totally alone in the dark here. And I turn around I said, What? And I find this boy and he looks at me Complete love and says, you know, love me. And instantly, I realised, oh, this is a dream. This is me, I’m looking at a younger version of me, this is myself. This is my inner child. And he’s he’s asking for my love. He’s asking for comfort he’s asking to be acknowledged. And I’m realising those all as it’s happening, and I and I say, Come on, and I pick him up, and I embrace him in my arms. And I say, we’re we’re going on an adventure, and I leapt into the abyss, I leaped into the very thing that I was so scared about just a few short moments before
David Ralph [57:46]
powerful isn’t it? It’s a so powerful the way that a conversation can lead you to moments like that. I could hear the emotion in your boys. Did you do look back on it? And once again, as we were saying earlier, it was just It was just life showing you what to do.
Geoff Akins [58:04]
Yeah. And I think it was wonderful practice. You know, I knew because I was dreaming, I couldn’t be hurt. And ultimately on the grand scheme of things, whether you believe in reincarnation or not, that empowered me this thought that life is like a dream too. And ultimately, I can’t really be hurt. So if I take a leap of faith while I’m awake, if it doesn’t work out, then I learned from that and I move on. But having that practice leap in my dream emboldened me to make those leaps when they present themselves, it made it easier for me to do that when those opportunities arrived in my waking
David Ralph [58:42]
fascinating. Well, this is the end of the show. Now, Jeff, and this is the part that we called on the Sermon on the mind when we’re going to send you back in time to have a one on one with perhaps that younger version of yourself, but you were just talking about and if you could go back in time and speak to the young Jeff, what age would you choose and what advice would you give? Well, we’re going to find out because I’m going to play The theme tune from when it fades. Europe. This is the Sermon on the mic.
Geoff Akins [59:31]
Unknown Speaker [59:34]
Geoff Akins [59:36]
I want to share something with you.
Let me whisper something. I hope that you take this in. I am so glad to be here with you. I can’t even begin to put into words just how special you are and how much I love you. But I’m going to do it right now. Because there’s so many things that we’ve learned together. Think you know this already. But just in case you don’t let me assure you are smart and wise beyond your years. I had to be honest and tell you I had almost forgotten about you. Please accept this as a necessary step right? I feel like I had to say goodbye for a moment for a while for a lifetime, in order to be able to remember and say hello to you again. It’s going to be fun and getting to know you all over again. That makes me excited. First and foremost, I want to thank you for coming to me the way you did and what when you did in that dream, you open my eyes and I’m so thankful. You never really did leave me You’ve always been there. Perhaps just hiding for a while biding your time but I felt you all throughout my life felt felt you whenever I was intensely interested in some new subject, it was you hooves period out through our eyes. Whenever I played, and it’s still quite often, again, it was you that came out with that active deep wonder and joyful activity. All that’s just a fancy way of saying, I thank you for all the times you made me stop thinking and taught me just how to play and have fun again. People are always surprised to find out that I’m over 50 they all say the same thing. You look so young. Now I smile when I think of that because I know it’s because you and I are so close. It’s almost as if I’m looking out or you are looking out through my eyes. I’m grateful that you came and asked me for what you needed in that dream. My first lucid dream when I first remembered who you are, and just how important you are in my life. I was excited when I woke up from that dream. excited that you made such a difference. And that by working together, we could dive into the unknown and figure out what was most important to us. You’ve touched my life. And now I’m touching the lives of other people, helping them reconnect with their own inner child and their sense of wonder. So, again, thank you. Thank you for coming to me. Thank you for guiding me. Thank you for your child’s heart and sense of wonder. I love you,
David Ralph [1:02:33]
Jeff. How can our audience connect with you, sir?
Geoff Akins [1:02:38]
Bubble wonders, is my website. I also want to give a gift to your listeners. It’s the theme song Anything is possible created by my wife and we’ll have that on the website for you to to offer up and use that musically as a way to reinforce all these messages that you talked about on the show and that I do in my bubble wonders presentation with you We’ll have all the
David Ralph [1:03:01]
links on the show notes. Thank you so much, Jeff, for spending time with us today, joining up those dots or joining up those bubbles. And please come back again when you join up because I do believe that by joining up the dots and connecting our past is the best way to build our futures. Jeff, thank you so much.
Geoff Akins [1:03:18]
Thanks for the opportunity, David. I appreciate it.
David Ralph [1:03:24]
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