Monthly Archives: February 2015

How Old Are You – Really?

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February 25  |  Health Policy  |   Carl Guardino

Here’s food for thought . . . How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?

I recently read an article in a major magazine proclaiming that kids born today could have a life expectancy up to 140 years old.

It reminded me of a wonderful quote, paraphrased as follows: Our existence isn’t just measured in the years of our life, but the life in our years.

One of the men I admire most is the founder and CEO of Empire Broadcasting, Bob Kieve, with radio stations KLIV and KRTY. Bob turned 93 years last December. 93.

Yet every day, Bob Kieve is one of the first to arrive and the last to leave his job at Empire Broadcasting. He is a key leader in the San Jose Rotary Club; serves on the Board of the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce and on our Foundation Board here at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. Besides taking great care of himself, and obviously fantastic DNA, I have more than once wondered how Bob has maintained such amazing health. My theory? He is curious. Bob loves to learn. He will often listen to my radio talk show, especially when I have a guest on the air with whom he might not particularly agree. Rather than shut that divergent voice out, Bob leans in. He listens, learns and continues to grow.

There are other people I know who are young in years but old in outlook. They are angry, upset, bitter rather than better; and it reflects in both their appearance and attitude. They are old at heart, in body and in their minds. Even if they live a long time, the joy is gone from their eyes.

So I ask again – How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? There is a web site worth visiting: RealAge.com. Check it out. How old are you – really?

Remember, life is not about “growing old” or even “growing up.” Life, simply put, is about growing.

Food for Thought . . . Hope or Hustle?

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February 17  |  Transportation  |   Carl Guardino
Bena Chang, Vice President of Transportation, Silicon Valley Leadership Group

Bena Chang, Vice President of Transportation, Silicon Valley Leadership Group

Here’s food for thought . . . “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”

Abraham Lincoln’s words are as true today as they were when he wrote them a century-and-a-half ago.

Lincoln’s logic also applies to the hard work and creativity of our Silicon Valley Leadership Group “CEO Airport Task Force,” created five years ago in partnership with then San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and new Mayor Sam Liccardo. The goal, then and now: To add more direct international and domestic flights into and out of San Jose International Airport.

Today, we celebrate Hainan Airlines’ announcement of a direct flight between San Jose and Beijing. Service will begin on June 15, with five direct weekly flights on the 787 Dreamliner, the most comfortable commercial plane in the skies.

Two years ago – January 11, 2013 – we successfully landed direct air service between San Jose and Tokyo, on All Nippon Airlines, which now has service seven days a week, also on a 787 Dreamliner.

Our next international target – direct service between San Jose and Seoul – is a vital link for the semiconductor and telecommunications industries.

Yet, as Lincoln intoned, these successes didn’t happen because we simply waited and hoped they would. They happened because our Airport Task Force and two successive Mayors worked to secure the flights, and continue to work to ensure the planes are filled.

Hope or hustle? It is the difference between dreaming and doing. And that hard work has landed another direct flight out of San Jose International.

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Storm of the Century

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February 4  |  Community  |   Carl Guardino

Heart_Soles5KHere’s food for thought . . . “Storm of the century!”

How many times have we heard well-meaning weather reports with that headline?

In drought-ridden California, any time a single raindrop might fall, we are warned of a major storm on the horizon.

Well, don’t let the latest weather report dampen your enthusiasm to join us – rain or shine – this Saturday morning at Hellyer Park in San Jose for the Second Annual Lam Research “Heart & Soles 5K” run or walk for healthy school lunches.

With your help, we will raise enough to achieve our goal – funding 64 more salad bars in local public schools, serving nearly 42,000 students. Combined with the results from last year’s effort, this brings our two-year total to 120 salad bars serving 78,000 school kids throughout Silicon Valley.

Yes, there may be a drop or two of rain – but that is only a drop in the bucket compared to what we will accomplish together for local schools. Come. Join us. Register at heartandsoles5k.com.

If you need to . . . bring an umbrella.

See you Saturday morning at Hellyer Park.

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