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Dr. Rohit Arora

Dr. Rohit Arora is the Chief of Cardiology and the Head of the Department of Medicine at the Captain James A. Lovell Health Care Center in Chicago. During his time as a cardiologist in Chicago, Dr. Arora has trained dozens of doctors and authored over 400 academic papers. Although kept busy for many hours of every day with work, Dr. Arora still regularly makes time to participate in clinical research studies with his students and his peers.

Dr. Rohit Arora earned his medical degree from Topiwala National Medical College after attending medical school at the University of Bombay. Dr. Arora had his residency program at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and soon after completed his fellowship in nuclear cardiology at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Dr. Arora’s typical day involves 12 to 16 hours at the healthcare center tending to his patients. While there, Dr. Arora is also responsible for educating residents and fellowships in addition to regular investigative research into various health areas.

What is your hobby?

I have several hobbies that I am particularly fond of, but some of my favorites include: traveling, reading, football, and contemporary art.

How did you get started with these hobbies? What inspired you?

Well traveling is something that I have always loved. I traveled as a child with my family and was always fascinated by other cultures. I was always interested to see how people in other areas of the world lived and how they just went about their days.

I’ve also always been a big reader. My parents showed me what a joy reading can be and how it can transport you to far away places and put yourself in the shoes of others. When I’m not able to travel, reading a book can be a great way to travel in my own mind.

What do you love about traveling?

Traveling is a great way to escape from your worries and to empathize with people around the world. The best way to see how other people live is to go and experience it for yourself. Not only that, but when you travel with friends and family, it can be a great bonding experience.

What was the last purchase you made relating to one of your hobbies?

I buy books all the time. I find myself making trips to the book store or ordering books on Amazon all the time. Sometimes I order books faster than I can read them! Before bed I try to always spend 20 minutes or so reading just to unwind and relax. Fiction books are great to immerse yourself in a story and nonfiction works can be very educational, so I try to find a mix between both.

How would you say your hobbies have changed your life?

Well, I would say that I’m much happier and more balanced because of my hobbies. Constant work with nothing else in life can be a recipe for disaster so my hobbies help me to stay grounded. While I love my job and I love helping people, I think everyone needs activities outside of work so that they can diversify their lives and be more rounded as people.

Do you have any advice for others just getting into this hobby?

When travelling, avoid the really touristy spots. If you want to find the best restaurants, the best views, and the most interesting spots, ask a local. The tourist spots are always crowded, and the food is often nothing special. Find the restaurants off the main strip that the locals stick to and I guarantee the experience will be much better. Don’t be afraid to go off the beaten path when travelling because sometimes that’s where the best experiences can be found!

 

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Dr. Avi Weisfogel

Dr. Avi Weisfogel is one of the leading voices into the field of Dental Sleep Medicine.  Avi graduated dental school in 1998 and practiced for 15 years.  During that time, Avi developed specific business techniques that led to him becoming the leading producer of oral appliances for the treatment of sleep apnea in the entire country.  After years of learning exactly what each player in the field of sleep medicine was interested in, Dr. Avi Weisfogel developed a duplicatable system that could be taught to other dentists, so they could achieve the same results.  Since then, Avi has gone on to mentor and coach the top 1% in the field of dental sleep medicine.  Avi is married with 6 kids and two dogs.  Dr. Avi Weisfogel’s aspirations include becoming the President of the United states, taking over the world, and becoming the full time play by play announcer for his beloved Los Angeles Dodgers

What is your hobby?

I am a sports fanatic.  I love all four major American sports: baseball, basketball, football, and hockey.  I watch every single Dodgers’ game. While the game is going on I text back and forth with both my father, now 74 years old, and my youngest son.  One day I hope to take those texts and turn them into a book about the life of a Dodger fan.  My biggest hobby outside of watching sports is skiing.  I spend at least 20 days a year on the slopes with my favorite spot being Aspen, Colorado.

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

I have been skiing since I was 4 years old. Every year my father would take us to Snowmass, Colorado (neighbor of Aspen) so he could attend the yearly cardiology conference and we could ski as a family.  I live on the east coast and the closest challenging mountain is Killington, Vermont.  I learned how to really become a skier there.  They say this about skiing in Vermont:  If you can ski the icy slopes of Vermont (not to mention survive in their frigid temperatures) you can ski anywhere in the world!

What do you love about it?

There is a feeling of complete freedom that I have while skiing that I do not get anywhere else.  The vastness of the mountains along with the absolute silence while going down the slopes, where the only thing you really hear are your own thoughts, really makes me realize how small I am in the big picture of life.  There is this great giant universe out there and I am like a tiny speck of dust in the whole picture.  This really helps me put things in perspective when something stressful occurs in my life.  It helps me to not take myself too seriously.

Are there are any groups or clubs you’re a part of relating to your hobby?

I am sure there are tons of clubs out there but I don’t belong to any of them.  The one thing that I do a lot of which could relate to hobbies is fantasy sports.  I participate in many fantasy football, baseball, and basketball leagues each year.  I don’t always win but I always compete and have a good time

Have you invested in any gear or equipment for your hobby? If so, what?

Skiing is not a cheap sport.  Every year they come out with new gear; new skis, better bindings, and of course, better boots.  If you don’t keep up with it yearly, you tend to fall behind.

How would you say your hobbies have changed your life?

A couple things remain incredible to me regarding skiing.  Every year no matter how good I get at this sport, the first day out is just about remembering the muscles needed to do well.  In addition, skiing is a really humbling sport.  No matter how good I am, I always look around and see people that are much better than me.  It reminds me that I can always improve.  The mantra of: “I can always do things better” is one of the guiding principles of my life.  I am never satisfied with the status quo.  I know that I can improve in every aspect of my life whether it be personal, professional, or anything else.

Do you have any advice for others just getting into this hobby?

Take lessons.  Learn how to do things the right way from the start.  If you don’t get the proper foundation down pat, you will never be good at skiing.  During my college years when I could not afford lessons, I developed a series of bad habits that took about 25 lessons with an instructor to undo.   Succeeding in life is about discipline.  Doing your job well is about repetition.  Both of these aspects are so important when it comes to skiing.  So in a way, Skiing can lead you to do everything in your real life better than ever before.

 

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Alexis Assadi

Alexis Assadi is the CEO of Pacific Income Capital Corporation and host of the podcast, “Income Investing with Alexis Assadi.” He provides financing to entrepreneurs and real estate investors through Pacific Income and other companies that he owns or operates. Alexis is also an avid writer. He has been blogging at alexisassadi.net since 2014 and has gained tens of thousands of email subscribers. He aims to break down complicated financial concepts and explain them to new readers. Alexis Assadi was born in Switzerland and has lived in Asia, Australia and the United States. Today, he lives in Vancouver, Canada with his family.

What is your hobby?

I enjoy whiskey tasting.

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

My father drinks Jack Daniels, so that was the first whiskey I ever tasted. I didn’t like it at first, but I drank it occasionally because he did.

However, I had a friend in university who loved scotch and cigars. We remained friends after graduation. Through him, I discovered different scotches, bourbons, ryes and other international whiskeys. We used to sample them on my parents’ rooftop deck, overlooking the incredible view of Vancouver. We still do each summer.

Over time, I developed a more refined pallet and learned to appreciate the finer tastes. My favorite scotches are heavy with peat, like Ardbeg and Laphraoig. They bring out flavors that I don’t get with other drinks.

What do you love about it?

I associate whiskey with my dad and a couple of my close friends. For that reason, it always brings out feelings of sentiment. You could give me a delicious and expensive wine, but I would still prefer a cheap bourbon because of the mental connection. Obviously, I love the tastes of different whiskeys. But a lot of the experience is in my mind and heart, rather than in my taste buds.

To me, a good evening is to read the New York Times – whiskey in hand, dog in lap – and winding down from a long day.

Are there are any groups or clubs you’re a part of relating to your hobby?

I go to a lot of whiskey tastings around Vancouver. They’re usually held at bars and restaurants, and they’re affordable.

The promoters make it cheap to attend, with the goal of attendees later on buying their products. It works. A few weeks ago, I spent $30 at a tasting event for all the whiskey and chocolate I could possibly consume. The next day, I bought a $60 bottle of Lohin McKinnon Chocolate Malt from a local distillery.

Again, these are social experiences as much as they are for taste. I always go to these events with my family or friends.

Have you invested in any gear or equipment for your hobby? If so, what?

I bought half-a-dozen Glencairn glasses, which are shaped bulbously to bring out the taste and smell of the whiskey. However, I prefer to drink from a normal crystal glass. The fancy ones make me feel pretentious. I only bring them out when we’re trying something new. One of my friends brought over a $400 bottle from Taiwan, so we used the Glencairn classes for that.

Other than that, I have 30 or 40 bottles of whiskey in my office. I guess you could call that an investment!

How would you say your hobbies have changed your life?

Whiskey tasting has brought a social element to my life that I didn’t have before. It’s an easy way to meet people, relax and have fun.

Do you have any advice for others just getting into this hobby?

Try to get away from the well-known whiskeys, like Glenfiddich and The Glenlivet. They are good, but there is so much more out there. I find that people often gravitate towards what’s popular and never try anything else. As such, they don’t realize how diverse the whiskey space is. I don’t mean that in the “connoisseur” way, where only a refined taster could find daylight between two scotches. There is a profound difference between a bourbon, like Booker’s, and a Japanese whiskey, like Nikka.

Also, don’t be fooled by pricing. I have found no correlation between price and taste. My “regular” whiskey is Evan Williams, a bottle of which costs around $20. My favorite, which I drink maybe twice a year, is Laphroaig 10. It costs $70 for a bottle. Drink what tastes good to you; not what marketers want you to.

 

For more information on Alexis Assadi, check out these links:

https://www.praguepost.com/opinion/alexis-assadi-basics-of-investment-strategies

https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexis-assadi-0378b129/

https://twitter.com/alexis_assadi?lang=en

Dante Michael Anthony Vitoria

Dante Michael Anthony Vitoria is a New York entrepreneur and businessman currently working as owner of The Vitoria Group. Dante credits much of his success and strong work ethic to his parents. His parents were immigrants to the U.S. who taught him the value of hard work, determination, and respect.

After earned a graduate degree from NYU and Columbia, Dante jumped straight into the workforce, quickly making a name for himself on Wall Street and working his way to the top. Dante quickly found himself drawn towards the mergers and acquisitions aspects of finance and put his skills to work.

After a number of successful years working for others, Dante Michael Anthony Vitoria decided to create a business of his own. In 1991, Dante founded The Vitoria Group, a company that offers consulting services, venture capital opportunities, and services in the mergers and acquisitions realm of finance. The Vitoria Group has grown more successful with each passing year and continues to thrive in New York City and around the world.

Although often finding himself working around the clock, Dante still makes time for family and fun. Dante is a season ticket holder to several New York sports teams and enjoys attending games when he can. Outside of sports, Dante always enjoys a trip to the opera or attending a Broadway show.

On top of everything, Dante Michael Anthony Vitoria also owns Links to Legends, a company that specializes in celebrity golf outings and event coordination.

Outside of the business world, Dante is a three-time cancer survivor and the owner of a three-pound Yorkshire Terrier named Chanel.

What is your hobby?

It’s hard to pick just one. While I love cigars and good wine, playing golf and keeping up with soccer are two of my favorite hobbies.

How did you get started with these hobbies?

Well, I’ve been playing golf for years. My father taught me a lot about golf but sometimes the best way to learn is to just go out there and hit a bunch of balls. Sometimes the best thing to do after a hard day is to head to the driving range and grab a bucket of balls to hit.

I watch soccer all the time, too. I was so thankful we had the World Cup this summer because that was a lot of fun to keep up with.

What do you love most about golf?

It’s a great way to blow off some steam and relax. It’s also a great way to make business happen. I can’t tell you how many business connections I’ve made through golf or how many deals I’ve closed. So, it’s great for business but I also find it very relaxing. On a warm summer day there’s nothing better than heading to the golf course with some friends and playing the course.

Do you have any tips for beginners?

Practice, practice, practice! It’s pretty much the most basic advice you’ll ever hear, but there’s a reason for that: it works. The best way to get better at anything is to do it a whole lot. The more time you can spend practicing and playing golf the better you’ll get. It’s not about having the best or the most expensive clubs, it’s about having the most hours of practice under your belt.

How would you say your hobbies have changed your life?

I’m more relaxed, for sure. I think that everybody needs something in life besides work that they can put their minds to. All of my hobbies help to my make my life enjoyable. Playing golf, watching soccer, smoking a good cigar, and drinking a fine glass of wine all bring me happiness. It’s been proven time and time again that over-working can put strain on relationships and your own mental health. I love my hobbies because they allow an outlet for my stress and help me to relax and have fun. Isn’t that what hobbies are all about?

Any additional hobbies you’d like to share?

Spending time with my pup, Chanel. She’s a little fur ball and I love taking her for walks and playing games with her every day.

 

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Paul Kaulesar

Paul Kaulesar was born in Queens, New York. He remained in Queens for most of his adolescence. Paul grew up in a hardworking family, his parents renovated and sold houses throughout Queens, New York. These family investments were Paul’s first exposure to the real estate market. He joined his parents on the search for the ideal property, he helped his father renovate the property and lastly he assisted in showing of the properties. At the age of 15 Paul’s family decided to move to Florida. They initially moved to Orlando but ultimately ended up residing in Palm Beach. In Palm Beach, Paul Kaulesar attended Royal Palm Beach High School and then Palm Beach State College for Entrepreneurship. During his college years Paul obtained his Florida real estate license.

When Paul was young, the Kaulesar family took many trips to Europe, South America, and the various parts of the Caribbean. This is where his love for architecture was realized. It was obvious to Paul that buildings told the story of the past. This exposure to great architecture fueled his interest in real estate. Paul Kaulesar further found interest in the building process, the artistry and unique designs of buildings and the provenance of the buildings. Ultimately, his interest in Victorian and Modern architecture turned real estate into a lifelong passion.

What is your hobby?

I am a person that has many interests and hobbies; I believe in keeping my mind and body busy. Most recently, I have found a great interest in the martial art Judo.

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

My interest in Judo was first realized while watching the Olympics. I was inspired and impressed by the technique of the Olympic Judokas. Many Judo players are not muscular but they are very strong, this is a martial art that anyone can practice.  Also, I had a few friends that attended Judo classes in college and they loved it, this intrigued me.

What inspired you?

My interest in Judo was first realized while watching the Olympics. I was inspired and impressed by the technique of the Olympic Judokas. Many Judo players are not muscular but they are very strong, this is a martial art that anyone can practice. Also, I had a few friends that attended Judo classes in college and they loved it, this intrigued me.

Tell us what you love about it.

I love the control of Judo. A good Judoka can balance a person on their hips without using their arms. Additionally, a smaller and weaker person can be very effective in Judo once they understand the principles.

Are there any groups you’re part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

I am part of the International Judo Federation (IJF). Since I have only been training for a few months I have not competed as of yet, but I expect to compete very soon.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

For judo I bought a gi, shin pads, knee pads and books about Judo.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I bought most of my supplies online. Judo originated in Japan so many of the supplies I have bought ship from there.

Are there any good books for beginners?

The book I would recommend for a beginners in Judo is “Kodokan Judo: The Essential Guide to Judo by Its Founder Jigoro Kano”.

How has this changed your life?

Judo has changed my life because it makes me feel great, physically and mentally. Judo challenges me every day; I have learned to speak a bit of Japanese, how to fall and some great self-defense techniques.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

The advice I give to others starting Judo is to be a blank slate. Know that you know nothing about this sport. There will be many smaller and weaker people that will throw you, put your ego on the shelf. Lastly, get ready to do activities you have not done since you were a child, such as, cart wheel, flips, and rolls.

Are there any other hobbies you have? 

Another hobby of mine is reading. I aim to read one great book a week. There are many extraordinary stories and lessons that have not been publicized.

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