Dare to dream
Svetlana Kim is a speaker, award-winning author of White Pearl and I: A Memoir of a Political Refugee, co-author of The Last of the Four Musketeers: Allen Joe’s Life and Friendship with Bruce Lee, Speaker, director/producer of the documentary film The Last of the Four Musketeers, and consultant. She is also a host of the Radio Show called "To The Stars Through Adversity." http://www.blogtalkradio.com/svetlanakim .
In her book, White Pearl and I: A Memoir of a Political Refugee, she chronicles her journey from Russia to the United States, where she arrived with only one dollar in her pocket and not a single word of English at her disposal; today, she is a leader among her peers in the business world, and has been honored with numerous awards citing her commitment, skill, and integrity.
She has received countless awards including, the 2012 Asian American Women of High Achievements Award by the National Association of Professional Asian American Women (NAPAW). She was also a recipient of the NAAAP 100 Award and was honored in 2010 with the Orphan International Worldwide Global Citizenship Award for her contribution to saving the lives of children in Haiti.
She was recognized with the Daily Point of Light Award (Award Number: 3983) by Points of Light Institute created by the administration of President George H.B. Bush to honor individuals creating meaningful change in communities across America.
In 2009, the International Leadership Foundation paid tribute to Kim with its Leadership Award, selecting her from among a group of potential honorees including congress members, presidential cabinet secretaries, and other high-ranking officials.
Kim has been featured and profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, MSN Money, MSNBC, Women's Life magazine in Seoul, Korea; the Asian Fortune; Networking Times; NASDAQ's Closing Bell; and The Gazette, a publication of the Library of Congress.
Kim is an active volunteer and has served on numerous boards of directors. Svetlana is married and resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband.
Intro to show:
I am so excited to introduce to you a powerhouse of a woman, Svetlana Kim. She talks with us about her journey over 27 years ago to come to America. When she first arrived in New York at the age of 23 she spoke no English and had only one dollar to her name.
In this episode she shares intimate parts of her story and how she was able to overcome tremendous adversity. Svetlana shares stories about being robbed of a precious possession, a moment in Russia where she “first cried out to God”, and the day she received her visa leading her to believe that “Miracles really happen”.
We talk about everything from spirituality, to grit, to living a life of service. She has an incredible story that will inspire you to listen to your heart and never give up.
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Questions I asked Lana:
● What made you want to come to America?
● As a Korean, Russian immigrant, you came to America with one dollar in your pocket,
but a big dream within your heart . How do you think that dream in your heart, though
you had no money and couldn't speak the language, was the difference maker?
● You had a special pair of earrings and a bracelet that your grandmother gave to you.
Can you tell us the significance of that?
● There was a moment where you had to make a choice. That is when they stole your earrings, they stole your bracelet. Your grandmother had given it to you saying, “Sell this if you need to”. Of course you didn’t want to sell it. Here you are getting ripped off by a bunch of hoodlums. Your moment was whether you fold up and go back to Russia, or push forward. So tell us about that moment and how that brought you clarity.
● How did you meet the guy who knew Bruce Lee so well?
● What is the universal language that we all have to communicate with?
● How can people rewire their mindset? And how important do you think that is to their
The importance of consistency and small steps:
● Doing one push up is better than nothing.
● Focus on what you can do not what you can't do. It's a lot more than what you think.
● “A lot of us are waiting for a big success, a break through. In reality, it's what you do
● The power of the compound effect. If you write one page a day for a year, you will
have over 300 pages written of your book.
The importance of mantra chanting:
● Certain notes activate energy in your body.
● Opening your heart is very important.
● It helps you feel loved.
● The more you practice everyday, you will be in a constant state of peace and bliss.
● “The more you love your life, the more life is going to give you back.”
● Resource: Thomas Ashley-Farrand “best book on mantras”.
What to do when fear comes:
● Read self development books.
● Go to a workout class.
● “Keep on keeping on.”
● “Fear is a mental statement.”
Ways to enjoy the simple pleasures of life:
● Buy flowers.
● Buy a candle.
● Buy a tiny piece of chocolate.
● Go to national parks.
● It’s about mindset.
What to do when you feel stuck in your job:
● If you want to start something new, make a small step.
● When you start, you will create the map.
● GPS - be Grateful, be Purposeful, and Start.
● Start building your business with simple things.
“Sometimes we may live in a free country, but we are not living like we are free.” @LindaMitchell
“If you are listening your heart is speaking.” @LindaMitchell
“The more you serve, the more prosperous you are going to be.” @SvetlanaKim
“It is from the unknown that you step into greatness known without limitation.” @SvetlanaKim
“We build the walls of what can happen. But when you have no walls and you flow, that's where the magic happens.” @SvetlanaKim
“If you don’t have time, make time.” @SvetlanaKim
“What are we communicating? We are communicating without speaking.” @LindaMitchell
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