On Purpose Magazine is a labor of love
On Purpose is my attempt at bringing valuable, interesting, intriguing, irreverent, inspiring, enlightening, educational, entertaining and powerful audio, video and written content of cause and purpose to the web.
Along the learning line of my very diverse and interesting life, I have, by way of the divine, shear luck or by not being able not to talk to everyone I meet, made friends with or had contact with a wonderful and eclectic list of very interesting people. Some famous and others just interesting or wonderful in their personal brilliance.
Most of the pages here contain interviews with these people and sometimes I just rap on my own crap.
My hope is that you find it to be of value and worth to you or someone you would like to share with. I really do appreciate touching someone deep enough that they share my site with others they care about.
I do interviews and do not make any money from the interview. I sometimes will offer the sale of the interviewees book via Amazon so I may collect a few pennies here or there. I will take sponsors, but my interviews are not infomercials for products. I like to have 90% meat and 10% promotion.
Everyone has something to promote and we respect that and encourage that, but we turn away many interviews because the guest just wants to promote themselves or their product and do not have any worthy information for you the listener.
Welcome to my journey. I hope you decide to take parts or all of it with me.
Why is there a picture of Buzz Aldrin on this page?
Ever have one of those moments where you say… OK I can go now I just got to do one of the big things on my bucket list. Well this was one of those times. Of course I don’t want to go. I haven’t slept in Lincoln’s bedroom at the Whitehouse or met Oprah or been in space myself or golfed in Scotland or …………………
So Who is JW Najarian?
Birthday March 1958
Married (To an awesome woman and friend)
Just a guy, who has something to share and hopes that what he has is appreciated in some way. Oprah says that in the 25 years she has done her show, the biggest lesson she learned is that people are looking for validation above all else. I am no different. I want people to come and read my stuff and find it interesting. To make it a win win, I hope to feature many of you out there that have interesting and compelling stories that I can help tell so you, me and the reader can find validation.
I was born John Wallace Najarian, Jr. in Sacramento, CA in 1958
My father was in the Air Force so we moved around a bit including a 3 year stay in Britain.
After my parents divorce I ended up with my siblings back in California where we finally ended up in Lake Tahoe. I lived at the Lake from around 1967 to 1976 when I left to join the Navy.
I spent 4 years in the Navy. 3 years at the Naval Aerospace Research Labs in Pensacola, Fl and Michoud, LA. I worked as a human research subject testing human physiology under exotic (movement related) environments. You can say I rode the second generation Rocket Sled. I then left to spend
one year serving on the USS Leftwich DD-984 Spruance Class Destroyer.
After leaving the Navy I went to school at ITT Technical to get my degree in electronics, but when I graduated in 1984 electronics jobs were all but gone so I started working as an independent IBM PC technician.
I have worked for companies that allowed me to work for companies like Gap / Banana Republic, 99 Cent Only, Sports Chalet, Louis Roth Clothiers, IBM, St. Jude and many more. I have also worked for Medtronic Minimed, Daylight Trucking, Datalink Networks and others.
I started as a PC specialist (was also Apple Certified for a short time) and ended up as a senior network engineer, change management and project manager and was blessed to have worked on some very large networks from design to implementation. The data room pics are from the last large installation I preformed at Minimed.
I worked with computers and computer networks until 2007 when I changed careers abruptly to move into commercial real estate. I am sure my peers thought I was nuts, but I was just not working as hard for my client as I could have, as I was burning out and needed a change.
I certainly could not have moved at a worse time. The markets and real estate fell in 2007 and as I was a newby and just starting to get a handle on doing commercial deals when the crap hit the fan. It has been tough for even the most seasoned out there so I did not feel I had a chance. I decided that I needed to work at marrying my background in technology, sales, project management and real estate into a social media platform.
Commercial Real Estate Professional Investor Group (CREPIG)
My hope was that I could help the industry get back on it’s feet by offering a platform where industry insiders and investors could exchange deals and funding sources. It has been tough since deals have come in the droves we would have hoped and money, though plentiful, is very cautious.
I was doing quite a number of financial interviews for my commercial real estate CREPIG site, about the economy and economics, markets etc… and those interviews were good, but they are pretty dry and not always fun.
I did happen to know a few semi celebs due to my being on the board at Humanity Unites Brilliance (HUB). We worked with some high profile thought leaders and I also was the Los Angeles coordinator for Feed333 which at the time had the record for the largest one day food giveaway in our nation’s history, so I knew a few people.
I thought that it might be fun to interview these people about how to change consciousness, self development and other interesting topics.
After getting on a few red carpets, I also started interviewing celebrities on cause and purpose issues.
This has led to me to now to start On Purpose Magazine, with the intent to share with others the things and people that have touched, moved, inspired, changed or affected my life over the years. My philosophy is to leave this campground a little better than I found it and to be mentored and to mentor others in the hopes of living an exceptional life.
You can find my full resume and profile at www.LinkedIn.com/in/jwnajarian
If you would like to join me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn click here: www.FullyFollow.me/jw
If you are interested in owning shares of me go to: (e)JWN
To Hyla Molander for naming my site. Thanks to Bob Schecter for just being a great friend and good person. To my wife Val for her love, support and understanding.
My Warmest Regards,