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j kobara
Los Angeles
Social Entreprenuer and Networker
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When I was 12 I was obsessed with the heart. Heart transplants. Artificial hearts. Michael DeBakey and Christiaan Barnard were my heroes. I was going to be a cardiologist. I surrounded myself with heart models and books. The idea of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2017 at SWiVELtime
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How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing. —Annie Dillard The point here is that we all go through phases and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at SWiVELtime
You said it better than I could! Thanks for adding your expert insight!
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Yes! People tend to focus on meeting new people when there are so many people they "know" but don't really know. The existing network is a rich untapped resource.
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Thank you for reading. I will keep writing when I am inspired to do so. Your note inspires me. :)
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Lisa Yeah few people like networking cold, but we are put in that situation a lot. And if we just extend a hand and introduce ourselves things happen. Thanks for reading. John
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Thanks Maggie for reading this older post, which I still think is relevant. Yep, generational differences make for differences in networking. Yet, the power of building trusting relationships will always come from a meaningful and authentic connections. John
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Lot of discussion about how to meet people and the way you say hello. Yes all of the technique driven first impression stuff matters but where are you networking? All of us need practice at just getting out there more... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2017 at SWiVELtime
Sorry if too deep ;) Sometimes my pen gets ahead of my brain. You should have seen the long version :) Our very meeting was random.......Cheers John
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We unfortunately seem to be unconsciously biased against those in society who come out on top or the bottom. When we assess the world, we tend to see what we expect to see. We can equate degree of success with... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2017 at SWiVELtime
Brisa Glad you read this and liked it. Yes Mom was a big influence. I find that writing and speaking helps me develop my thoughts on how to interpret her ideas. Love you uncle J
Toggle Commented May 8, 2017 on My Prayer for Us at SWiVELtime
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Another story about networking and allowing life to happen. Late last year, I spoke to a non-profit group and afterwards a nice Asian American guy named Richard Cheung, told me he liked my speech. He asked if I could speak... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2017 at SWiVELtime
Hey Eric Yes everyone has guessed my Dad, but we do not know. All the best to you for 2017! Cheers John
Toggle Commented Jan 3, 2017 on How's Your Cup of Tea? at SWiVELtime
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Thanks William Your teacup is reasonably handsome but runneth over with love. Happy New Year. John
Toggle Commented Jan 3, 2017 on How's Your Cup of Tea? at SWiVELtime
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Thanks Mara. She was a remarkable woman! Happy New Year. John
Toggle Commented Jan 3, 2017 on How's Your Cup of Tea? at SWiVELtime
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You are too kind. Thanks. Happy New Year. John
Toggle Commented Jan 3, 2017 on How's Your Cup of Tea? at SWiVELtime
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We have had our little obsession with teacups. Many of us have used, "Not my cup of tea." Originally meant for an unpleasant pain in the arse :) person but applied generally to all things less desirable. Or "a tempest... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2017 at SWiVELtime
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Mart, Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts. I have tried to provide "networking" a different perspective for decades. Help people re-think the way they connect and create a sense of belonging, to generate more mutuality and reciprocity among networks. Amazing who you know, who you do not know..... Cheers John
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One of the most remarkable things in life is how wrong we are about our perceptions. That almost everything upon closer examination yields insights and new truths. Especially people, places, cultures, religions, and lifestyles we are not familiar with. The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2016 at SWiVELtime
Leonard, good question. Entrepreneurs come in many shapes and sizes. Some us it as titles as an aspiration. It is more of a mindset, a way of thinking. People that gravitate to solutions "outside of the box" AND develop solutions through iterative processes. People who like inventing things, not just thinking but doing. An entrepreneur by nature is dissatisfied with the status quo. But you may know all of this :) There are places where "entrepreneurs hang out, conferences, associations. Linked-in. But again many types of entrepreneur so you may want to think about the industry, or a company, or a geography that means the most to you. Then you reach out, get referred, and seek advice. Hope this helps. Thanks for reading.
Toggle Commented Sep 11, 2016 on Are you Entrepreneurial? I Doubt It. at SWiVELtime
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Thanks Chris.I am glad you appreciate it. It was a joyful relief to share.
Toggle Commented Sep 6, 2016 on The Mountain and the Flowers at SWiVELtime
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Thanks Silvester I appreciate your kind remarks and thoughts. My mother did put herself into her art and into everything she did.
Toggle Commented Sep 4, 2016 on The Mountain and the Flowers at SWiVELtime
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For those who know me, I quote my mother often. Her words and advice have shaped my life and my aspirations. One of her most memorable quotes is: Breathe in the mountain and breathe out flowers. It is a powerful... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2016 at SWiVELtime
Thanks William. We often do not pause before we speak. It is so reflexive today. So auto-pilot. We think ahead and we want to tell our story and our witty thing. We miss the meaning and the ideas of the people around us. Its the ego, but it is also the haste of our minds. We need to breathe and to feel, then respond. Thanks for reading. John
Toggle Commented Aug 30, 2016 on Finding Ourselves in Loss at SWiVELtime
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What do we say when there is a tragedy, a death, something really bad happens to people we care about? Most of us are acutely aware of our own struggles and we are preoccupied with our own problems. We sympathize... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at SWiVELtime