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The Truth About You, Your College Degree and Your Job

This is a guest post and video by Farnoosh Brock of Prolific Living.

Too many times in my engineering degree, I felt frustrated and unhappy. Many more times in my 11-year corporate career, I felt trapped, discouraged and miserable. And I did absolutely nothing about it.

Well, that’s not entirely true. I griped. I complained. I wallowed in my own self-pity. I gossiped with my co-workers about the unfairness of it all, but in hindsight, I did nothing useful, nothing that helped me leave that situation and define a better one that matched what I wanted to do with my life.

I mean, how are we supposed to know any better than doing what our culture and society teaches us: grow up, get a degree, get a job, be good at it, be grateful for it, do it until you retire. The end. How can we stray away from this if we want to be “responsible” and “successful” adults?

Getting a college degree and having a job still have their merits and advantages; both can be fulfilling if it’s the right fit and if it allows you an opportunity to do something you love and find meaningful.

What about the times when that’s not the case and when you can feel miserable going through the motions? First of all, there’s nothing wrong with you for feeling that way. And there’s everything right with you pursuing the right answer.

I went from a corporate junkie to a successful entrepreneur without a single marketing or sales class or startup experience. And now that I have made that seemingly impossible transition, I am passionate about showing you how to do it with a step-by-step plan.

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How Green Juicing Paved the Way to My Other Smart Habits

This is a guest post by Farnoosh Brock.

While it may seem out of the ordinary from the usual blogging and social media, I included it for two reasons. 1) Farnoosh is a wonderful friend and inspiring person who has contributed some great articles and interviews here before. 2) Healthy habits are an essential part of blogging – if you aren’t healthy, you won’t be able to produce great content. Enjoy!

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I believe all good smart habits are related and connected, and before I tell you about the smart habit for which Kristi invited me to write here today, that of Green Juicing (affiliate link), I want to share why and how your one good habit can lead to many more.

You have most definitely experienced this. If you start a new eating habit, for instance, first you feel better and then you get more energy, and as a result, perhaps you join a fitness program, or even more, you put a stop to your other bad habits one at a time, all the while not realizing that a single good habit can be responsible for an entire change of direction on your self-improvement journey.

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Farnoosh Brock Talks About a Smart Exit Strategy Out of the Wrong Job

This is an interview with Farnoosh Brock of Prolific Living. She is returning again to Kikolani to talk to us about creating a smart exit strategy out of the wrong job and why it pays to find work that you can love.

Farnoosh Brock of Prolific Living

1. A lot of the readers at Kikolani are interested in full-time self-employment with strong interests in social media, blogging and free-lancing among other things. You share some of these passions. Can you tell us your take on self-employment?

Self-employment was made for me like this super short pixie haircut that I got after chopping off some 14 inches of beautiful hair. It is ironic because I did not think either adventure suited me. It turns out when you give something up; you sometimes get a lot back in return. Giving up a cushy, easy, lucrative job for working 14-hour days plus weekends and hardly matching the income yet has been the greatest joy of my life and I had one happy life despite that miserable career at corporate.

Self-employment is not for everyone; I will admit that and I think that’s wonderful because we are unique individuals and we are meant to find our own tune and I encourage you to find yours in the right place.

For those of you who dream of being your own boss and calling your own shots while knowing full well that it comes with responsibility and accountability and heaps of sweet labor, you will find tremendous fulfillment in paving your own future. It is the simple greatest path to self-discovery and personal development that I have ever known.


10 Killer Tips You Must Know When Using Aweber

This is a guest post by Farnoosh Brock, an amazingly inspirational blogger at Prolific Living, a blog about smart habits for rich living.

If you are online (hello, you are reading this so you must be!) and you have a business – or are even thinking about having a business – online, you would be doing yourself a huge favor by creating and collecting a mailing list.

Simple as this is, I did not see the value in it and only looked into it at the persistence of my very good blogger friends (you know who you are, thank you!) but as Naomi Dunford bluntly puts it: “If you don’t have a list, you have nothing!” Nothing, people and she is right.

Having a Great Experience with Aweber

So let us agree that building a mailing list matters and in the spirit of learning from mistakes, let me share mine with Aweber so that you may have a fantastic experience with building and managing a mailing list with these best practices.

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Aweber is a great company with powerful email marketing software. The tech support for these guys rocks. They provide live phone support. You can talk to someone on the phone anytime you are having a problem during business hours.

I don’t know about you but as much as I love using the email support services, there is something to be said about having someone listen to your frustrations when it comes to managing your mailing list. If you don’t now what I mean, you will after setting yours up!

Nonetheless, there are things you could be doing to have a much smoother ride than your truly as you set up or transfer from an existing list, establish and manage your mailing list so listen up and take good notes.