Positively Philadelphia: Author Kobi Yamada on not giving up on an idea

Lauren Lipton
March 17, 2019 - 9:23 am
The book, "What Do You Do With an Idea?" is part of a trilogy from Kobi Yamada, a New York Times best-selling author.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — How many times have you come up with an idea and then dismissed it? 

"I have talked to thousands of adults who said they gave up on an idea that they wanted to do but they listened to society, the critics and the naysayers and some said they cried when they read the  book thinking about what might have been," said Kobi Yamada, a New York Times best-selling author.

The book, "What Do You Do With an Idea?" is part of a trilogy from Yamada, who was in Philadelphia organizing school book donations and encouraging children to read. But the book gives all of us at any age something to think about. 

"Ideas are very fragile, you have to be kind to them. There are wonderful  things with technology, but we need gaps in that technology, places to be bored and places to dream and create. It's not the same thing to be entertained with a device than to be entertained with what you create in your own head," Yamada said. 

And Yamada says Philadelphia is a great city. 

"I am from all the way out in Seattle and its been really a delight getting to know this city. It's a treasure. A lot of times you don't appreciate what you have or where you live, but from an outsiders perspective, it is really special," Yamada added.