“I am 76 years old and have been married for 58 of them. She had just turned 17 when we started our lives together. I buy jewelry from the Zuni Indians and sell it to people that appreciate the intricacy and beauty. Their art is so fine it is almost like needlepoint.”

How do your customers find you?

“They don’t … I find them. I have been doing it for 40 years. No point in stopping, it is what I love and my wife isn’t waiting at home for me anymore.”

Married 58 years, but his wife is no longer waiting at home for him … I swallowed.

“She lives three hours away. So, I visit every weekend. Drive there. We have lunch together. I drive back. 

It’s been a little over two years now. She still recognizes me, which is good, but I am not sure for how much longer.”

We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving.

Friedrich Nietzsche


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JOHN'S career spans 30 years, 2 continents, and organizations as diverse as Oracle, Citibank and GE. A Mathematics graduate, John moved to California in 1990. He helps technology companies create, develop and deliver their story for fund raising, market development and influencer programs. He also works with businesses to ensure they understand, and are ready, for the ever accelerating changes that technology is bringing to their industry. John is a co-founder of Expert Alumni and gleXnet and long before futurists and industry watchers were writing about the impending challenges that industries were going to be facing, they predicted a perfect storm of issues like skills gap, declining work forces, the gig economy, people trained to do work no longer needed, demographic shifts, economic and social change, market upheaval and rapidly changing ways of doing work. From the beginning they have promoted the idea that massive change was coming to how organizations should think about their workforce, with a singular focus on simplifying the interface between people and their work. Understanding the challenges ahead of the curve, the solution was built to arrive at a better understanding of the greatest restraint to business operations - competence, not capital. gleXnet provides unparalleled insights into an organizations people and operations by flipping the problem from the perspective of people, not the business.
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Johnny Johnston

Liked it. Liked the play back and forth with multiple possibilities then bam, you tie it all together. She’s got dementia or alzheimers and lives in a facility. They’ve been together for 58 years and he loves her. That’s why he keeps working at his age to take care of her but he has a hard time seeing her like that so he stays on the road. He’s dedicated but very sad .

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many thanks Johnny.