Farnoosh Brock on Finding Your Passion – Exclusive Interview


Publish Author and humorist. Vagabonding around the world. Successfully unemployed for 9 years. Showing you how to do the same... minus the vagabond part... I mean... unless that is your thing. To learn how it all started and what allowed me this woderfuld life ...  click here now

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  1. Priska says:

    I went through a major life transition almost thirty years ago when I found myself divorced with a young toddler. Back then, I read a lot of Louise Hay and practiced affirmations everyday. I made a tree change where life was more simple and healthy. I tried selling craft at markets. Unfortunately this was not sufficient to pay the bills so I worked in an office for the next twenty years. Though not the perfect job, as bread winner, I felt proud to finally be able to provide shelter, food and an education to our family without having to resort to welfare or handouts. The affirmations went a long way in helping instill inner pride and become very resourceful. Now the family has grown and I have a partner and resources to fall back on, I finally have the privilege to reinvent myself in a vocation where I no longer need to settle, so it’s back to reinvention.

    • WOW! Sounds like you have had quite a journey Priska! Maybe we could talk and you could share the full story with me one day.

      Love Louise Hay. One of my favorites is “You Can Heal Your Life” I have the book and the DVD! I find myself referring to it very often. You are in good hands

  2. Great interview! I was there. I took a job that I thought was a dream job being the Director of new Artist Live/Work project. While the money was great the bullshit was inbearable. The politics of the developer, the whining of the artists, no support and long hours. I came home every night emotionally, physically exhausted and eventually my mental and physical health suffered. Afraid to quit and lose the income was always a concern but eventually it became necessary. Quitting was one of the best days ever. While I am not making the income I was I am soooo much happier, content and working towards my best life ever. The experience of making the plunge to quit was really a great learning experience.

    • LOVE IT! You have done what millions “wish” they could do! So many people say “I wish I could quit” and never do a thing about it!

      But you maid such a great point. You happiness and health is far more important than any money a job can pay you. You should never put a dollar amount on your health. So proud of you for figuring this out early.

  3. Truth be told: I found the interview disappointing — particularly because Farnoosh never really answers your question. When you ask someone how she would recover from total disaster in just 30 days, I would expect her to lay out one hell of a plan. Farnoosh doesn’t. The advice she gives is rather generic (“stay positive, get some people to support you”) and can be found on thousands of self-help blogs and websites.

    I didn’t get the impression that she actually ever did lose everything. Okay, she quit her six-figure-income job but that’s a choice she made. Life disasters don’t come by choice. That makes her ‘plan’ a theory, not a survivor story.

    To provide real value on your blog, I recommend you find people who really did see their lives go to hell and back, and interview them. Theories are nice, but real life stories is wat sells.

    • Farnoosh says:

      Hi Jeroen, thanks so much for your thoughts on the interview. I don’t remember exactly what I said in response to Coach Comeback’s questions – I do dozens of interviews … – but I am sorry that you felt I didn’t answer the question.
      First, you are right in that I did not LOSE everything – I just had to start my career / work from scratch by leaving my 11-year career and start my company. However, what I may not have said in the interview is that my family and I did experience loss when we left to go on vacation to Turkey and never returned to Iran. We left our home, our cars, our life, and so much more and really started from scratch – so I assure you that my life has known real loss beyond just pretty theories.
      I am Coach Comeback will bring you many good interviews so do stay tuned. He did a great job and I am very honored that he interviewed me.

      • A response from the lady herself — I’m honoured. 🙂
        You didn’t mention anything about leaving Iran in this particular interview. I must admit I’m very impressed that you left Iran with nothing, then built yourself an 11-year career form scratch, and then left that behind to start a new business.
        As a blogger who is about to relaunch a blog about just that (rebuilding your life from scratch), I would be very interested to hear about all that. If you’d like to share those stories, you’re very welcome to contact me at info [at] zentolife [dot] net

        • Hi Jeroen! Has is your relaunch going? It sounds like you would be a great fit for our similar project called The 30 Day Comeback found here http://30daycomeback.com

          We interview 13+ other people along with Farnoosh where they explained how they have all had to rebuild their own lives and how they did it. Check it out.

    • Jonathan Payne says:

      I think her advice stands on its own whether you truly believe she faced horrible hardship or not. One doesn’t need to go through an experience in order to have credibility speaking on that experience — countless sports analysts on ESPN have never set foot in a professional sports setting as a player, yet their critiques and commentary are quite often spot on.

      I think it’s about as close to an ad hominem as you can get. That is, discounting the statements and advice based solely on characteristics of the person speaking. The validity of a statement is not dependent on who is making said statement.

      • Bravo Jonathan! Very well put! The sports analogy really puts it into perspective.

        Of course, personal experience is the best teacher, but it certainly does not discredit sound advice based on foundational success principles!

  4. Trevor says:

    I like theories, love stories, but I need action. Thanks for delivering, Farnoosh!

    You described steps to solutions, similar to those I have experienced myself, using clear and actionable language.

    I had a crisis that was a blessing in disguise two years ago. Best thing could have happened and I have matured because of it. I learned to appreciate the positive in life through affirmations, meditation, exercise and writing, playing and studying music.

    I enjoyed listening to your perspective, I would not have understood it earlier.

    • It is amazing how that works huh Trevor. We get the messages we need exactly when it is time.

      “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear”. You should definitely follow Farnoosh over at http://Prolificliving.com because she packs this kind of wisdom into every single post she produces as well as her podcast!

  5. Kaylee says:

    Nice job on the interview! I’ve never truly lost everything, but there were definitely points in my life where I felt like I was starting from scratch. And y’know what? They were liberating! Though scary, times like those really give you the opportunity to re-create yourself.

    • Very well said Kaylee. You can waste alot of energy and power worrying about what could happen and worst case scenarios. Then, when that worst case actually happens, it is actually freeing! It sounds kind of crazy, but when you are at the bottom with nothing else to lose, you have this moment of crystal clarity. There is nothing left to fear so you can focus on what truly matters most. That is what happened to me when I lost everything.

      How are you doing now Kaylee?

  6. You did a great job on interviewing Farnoosh. Starting from scratch is scary and you need a lot of courage to pursue change. Like life purpose, it may entail change in our daily routine but you won’t notice it because it will give you life enthusiasm.

    • Thank you Patricia!

      Starting from scratch IS scary….. but liberating. The one of the biggest stresses in life is our need to hang on to so much “stuff”

      I mean, how many boxes do you have in the attic or garage that haven’t moved in years? Or that you probably do not even remember what is in there?

      This is a big lesson I hope everyone gets. We had stuff in storage for about a year before we had an epiphany: “if we have not used it in over a year…. it is probably not as important as we thought.”

      You can have more enthusiasm for life when you get rid of all the distractions that cause you to lose focus of what is really important…. Like life purpose, as you mentioned. Thank you.

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