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j kobara
Los Angeles
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Grateful for your readership and comments. Yes dream about now and today and the next moment. I concur. Been too long since we saw each other and traded fish stories. Hopefully before Japan! Love John
Toggle Commented Jan 4, 2020 on The Year for a Leap? at SWiVELtime
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The new year is just another year. A year of possibilities and opportunities. A year to reconcile our direction with our souls. A year to make promises to oneself to get better, healthier and more at peace with oneself. It... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2020 at SWiVELtime
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In our effort to be efficient, we categorize things, lump them together and make sweeping assumptions. Call it stereotyping, call it confirmation bias. We generalize and intentionally or unintentionally--the result is the same--obscure nuances, differences, and essential facts about reality,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2019 at SWiVELtime
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The digital leash grows stronger and shorter. We are now accustomed to seeing our fellow humans looking at a screen ignoring the world and the humanity around them. I am as guilty as any but to be honest it still... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2019 at SWiVELtime
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This is one of this phrases I hear ad nauseam. In interviews, in my classes, and workshops. It has become part of a hollow script of job seekers and career changers. Young and old utter this phrase as part of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2019 at SWiVELtime
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If you want to make the world a better place Take a look at yourself and then make a change! Michael Jackson’s Man in the Mirror As mentors we know the power of the mirror for self-reflection and the great... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2018 at SWiVELtime
This is story about my dear friend, Joe Lumarda, who reveals new personal truths for the first time. Truths that are relevant to the #metoo movement and the horrific unfolding of the latest scandals in the Catholic Church. It is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2018 at SWiVELtime
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Words, how we choose them, if we choose them, are so critical to who we are and what we think. We say so many things, often words just are shot out of our mouths without our full consciousness. There is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2018 at SWiVELtime
Mitchell Sorry about the delayed response. Yes, the road behind makes more sense than the road ahead. If you we are mindful of what we have today and make the most of it, the next portion of our journey will reveal itself. I trust you are well. Thanks for reading. John
Toggle Commented Jun 10, 2018 on Commencing Our New Lives at SWiVELtime
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Kelli On one level I am glad when my words resonate. I have found these feelings to be quite common. Glad you see the opportunity to work your way through it. You have devoted so much of your life to others, to honor others, to make the world a better place. Believe me I know that there are many mundane things that seem unrelated to the work we enjoy most. While diversifying your portfolio and venturing out beyond the rim of the pot will yield great benefits, there is much to say about what a difference you make though your kindness and care everyday. Paulo Coelho wrote about a Chinese bamboo that grows completely underground for 60 months and then breaks ground once it is ready. It grows about an inch and 3/4 everyday until it gets to 75 feet! Sometimes the growth is invisible and then it explodes. All the best. John
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Love that Proust quote. Not quite aligned with this post, but a wonderful sentiment that I agree with. Cheers John
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Thanks Regina. One of the enduring values and lessons from my father. He heard me publicly discuss this a couple of times. The greatest regrets come from parenting. When and how do we guide our offspring. Challenging stuff. Repetition and the faith that down the road some of the truth will be harvested. Cheers John
Toggle Commented Jun 4, 2018 on Become a Public Person at SWiVELtime
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All of us are lonely. All of us feel inadequate. Just part of the human pot. We yearn for more--fulfillment, use of our inner potential, and making some difference that matters. We desperately want to connect, grow and be accepted.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2018 at SWiVELtime
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As we watch another crop of new graduates turn their tassels and "commence", we have to consider our own commencements. What are we doing with what we have learned from living and from the world around us, that informs our... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2018 at SWiVELtime
Brad, yes busy is a choice. Amazing how what's important slips down our lists. I meet people who tell me their passions and then tell me there's no time for their passions! Passions first! Thanks for reading. John
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Douglas Impressed with your life philosophy. Your commitment combined with the openness to seek help will get you to the promised land. Just heard a big VC say that 97% of his profits have come from companies that pivoted. Your dream will take you on a journey, let it lead you. All the best. John
Toggle Commented Jan 13, 2018 on Are you Entrepreneurial? I Doubt It. at SWiVELtime
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Olympia Thanks for that insight. If we just stopped and listened to our bodies we would all be better off. Ans, "What I am doing to contribute to my health or condition?" To a healthier 2018 for all.
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Thanks Anna. India is still there. Maybe the allure of India has faded. The question is what else can you move off the back burner to the front of the stove? Regrets are little tumors that cannot grow. In the new SWiVEL doc in my post, one of the updated questions #8 is: What regrets do I have that I need to address, re-do or start over? Pick a date to go to India or wherever you want to go next. Start the planning and talking to others. Activate and animate your goal! No regrets please. Cheers John
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It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers. —James Thurber Questions have been at the heart of the most life altering moments for me. Questions that stop you in your tracks and shift the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2018 at SWiVELtime
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Yeah I talk too much. I know. The more I talk the more I think people want to hear me. That is my delusion. I tell stories. I try to provide insights. I try to use humor to be disruptive.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2017 at SWiVELtime
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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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