From Corporate to Entrepreneurship or Why I Left My 6-figure, Super Easy, Work-From-Home 11 ½ year Career

From Corporate to Entrepreneurship

The most wonderful relationships can run their course; the greatest love affairs can go sour; the sweetest friendships can meet a bitter end and even the most invincible people may leave each other through death or divorce but I never saw a day that I would fall out of love with a company that was my pride and joy, my identity, my definition of productivity, and my one true measure of success.

They say people don’t leave companies; they leave managers.
Oh really? I specifically did not want to leave because I was blessed with wonderful managers.

I precisely left the company, the institution and the entity; I left what it had all come to represent, in exchange for its initial greatness. I left because I could no longer watch how far it had fallen from integrity and a sense of duty to what it used to consider its greatest asset – and what continues to be that asset, even as they turn a blind eye to it – the employees, the people, the soul and the heartbeat of the workplace.

I left behind an 11-½ year career, a 6-figure income with bonus and stock options, a super easy job that I did from home — on those occasions when I had something to do! — because I found something far more important, urgent, and indispensable that could no longer be silenced or shoved aside.

Not to keep you waiting with bated breath, but if you are brand new here, I should add some context for you to do some justice to the weight of all this, lest there be any misunderstanding because you see, this is one blog post where there can be no misunderstanding!

I am a material girl through and through.

The idea of a minimalist lifestyle and selling all that I own is not for me (although I love the idea of minimalism for the mind; more on that later). I admire you if it is for you, just as I admire my friends who have done it so brilliantly — so hear me out again, I really admire you if you can give up your earthly possessions for a true sense of freedom; me, I love my possessions. I’ve had to leave things behind before, I’ve had to start all over and live through tough years with my family so the idea of a modest lifestyle does not generally hold much appeal and financial comfort is of supreme importance to me. And boy have I worked hard, so extremely hard, for this level of comfort.

So yes, I love my possessions. I love my Persian rugs, my Italian furniture, my tango shoes, my cosmopolitan clothes, my Schimmel piano, my luxury travel, my first class flights on Cathay Pacific, and my one-too-many Apple gadgets. In short, I love financial freedom.

Quite honestly, I love money and the pursuit of obscene wealth enthralls me. And you will never hear me apologizing for it. Not ever.

Few will admit it even if that is precisely how they feel but transparency is important to me and I choose to be honest with you. I believe no evil has ever risen from money just as no good has come from money itself; money is simply a tool to do with as you please and all evil and good rises from the hands that touch that money. So yes, make no mistake about it, I loved my income.

Anyway, where were we?

Oh yes. Why I gave it all up and what has this material girl found worth more than the largest Cartier she can ever hope to wear?

Well, you see, something funny happened on the way to the top.

I did not just love this corporation; I wanted to become a leader and run the place someday. I wanted to succeed the CEO himself. I wanted to be on the cover of Fortune magazine as a recognized industry leader for the massive differences I would make in the direction of the company, the movement of the stock price and the lives of the employees. I wanted to climb that corporate ladder and break through any glass ceiling, symbolic or real. I wanted to give my all to it and no one was going to dissuade me.

Except that I did not account for the unwelcome changes that were in store.

I did not foresee that even a company so fabulous, so promising, so unique, with such a strong foundation and such an amazing culture, would fall into the trap of bureaucracy and politics, bad decisions and empty promises. I did not believe it until I saw leadership without a vision, corporate initiatives without meaning, expensive consultants void of good intentions, endless virtual meetings without a purpose and long drawn-out projects without worthy results. I did not believe I would see the day that top talent, immeasurable loyalty, and a long-standing unique culture would be trampled under the weight of all this nonsense.

Ummmm. Yeah. I was kinda wrong about that one.

A few years ago, these sad visions came to be and only worsened over time. One day, I turned a corner and decided never to become a leader in a place such as this. I decided to be a great employee to my direct team and my wonderful manager but to set aside my lousy ambitions to climb that ladder that clearly led to no sense of true fulfillment. I was able to disassociate the company entirely from my immediate team and in that narrow field of vision, I found a sense of daily accomplishment and it was enough.

Plus, I still had my income and you recall how I felt about that. Right?

It is funny how many things started flowing my way when I operated in this mode. In my early years of career when I was grossly underpaid and heavily overworked, I would have killed for the promotions, raises and nice bonuses that came only in my recent years. Working smart more so than working hard is my advice to you or else, I simply cannot explain it. But still, even with a comfortable income, I felt lost and unhappy in my career.

There were moments of great accomplishment even in the last few years and some unforgettable times with a brilliant leader, an adored manager, and a fabulous team but deep down, I was neither challenged nor fulfilled. My interests were waning fast in all things corporate and technical and moving away into talents and skills that I’d been dying to explore: writing, blogging, reading, photography, yoga, world travel, communication, public speaking, art, and finding the right outlet for it all. Thus, Prolific Living was born in the spring of 2009.

For a while, I had balance and happiness. The world of blogging and learning opened me to many new horizons; I was in love again. The idea of creating and building something with freedom of expression and with intent to help others live a better life was intoxicating, but alas, it was a hobby. Blogging never ever mixed with my work. I was able to do both and do both very well. Until Blogworld in October 2010.

It had never occurred to me that I could turn a passion into a profit and a hobby into my life’s work.

I used to think entrepreneurship is reserved for MBA junkies, for the gutsy brave souls out there who are willing to starve before signing up at corporation XYZ and for a few brilliant minds. Me? No way. I loved my income. Remember? I could do without loving the job — after all, is that not the norm? Is not everyone resigned to a job being just a job and a third of our lives being spent in whatever form or shape necessary in order to fund the rest of our hours? I was starting to question my fundamental theories now. I remember my awakening happened precisely when Darren Rowse said: “That was the day that I started to treat my blog as a business.”

Something shifted at that instant in my heart and I felt a ray of hope and clarity I had not known before.

Well, I did not quit my job just yet but I took the blog – and my dream of entrepreneurship. Now, I have written 4 books – check out my Amazon Author page and be inspired by what you too can do in a short time when you are focused and doing what you LOVE! I wrote 50+ guest posts, I got the attention of media, I build solid relationships, I started a newsletter, tripled my subscribers, and started to create my own products.

I spent untold hours on building on these passions but to give up on the comfort and security of everything to do this full-time? Was I mad? A financially conservative and smart girl is not about to do something that insane. Or is she?

By April, my heart was pining for freedom – the freedom of entrepreneurship – and yet I had every intention to continue working my real job if only there were something worthwhile to be asked to do. I had been put on a nightmare of a yearlong corporate initiative and for once, I had worked up the courage to ask to be begged off this dreadful project where none of my skills were used and none of my opinions entertained. Where is real leadership when you need it? It certainly was not around when I needed it. This time, when I was put between a rock and a hard place, I made the choice to walk away.

On April 15th, 2011, I resigned from a company I used to love and had now grown to, well, not love anymore and a dream that had long since ceased to exist.

I was done being put in a corner and being stifled when so much life was waiting to gush out. I was done giving up so much as another hour of my life to projects that did not align to my values and pursuits that did not beat to the rhythm of my heart. I was done putting my dreams on hold and living in fear of not being able to make it.

I admit I have never felt so excited and terrified at the same time!

Yet, I feel a conviction deep within my soul and sanctum that I made the right choice. I believe with every fiber of my being that there is no way in this world you can fail when you listen to the calling of your heart and the pleading of your soul. I know — I just know — this is the only right path to feed my insatiable appetite to live fully and create a life on my own terms.

Quit Your Job Start Your Business

If you want to venture out on your own, pursue a call to greatness and a meaningful life on your own terms, if you want killer motivation combined with practical advice, do it. Do not wait for permission. Do not wait for acceptance or validation. Do Not Wait, my friend, because time is the one thing that you cannot buy back with all the gold and power in the world.

PS: In September 2011, I started a bold course to teach you how to create your Smart Exit Strategy out of Corporate.

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This post has run way too long, my darling readers, and I have to sing my praise to new-found freedom, my new dreams and my plans for what is to come in Part 2. You will be back, won’t you?

But before you take your leave, do share your fabulous thoughts about my crazy decision and as always, thank you for being here!

  • Sandi Amorim

    I am so, so excited for you as you join the entrepreneurial journey! Like you I believe that “there is no way in this world you can fail when you listen to the calling of your heart and the pleading of your soul.” In fact, I know that to be true as I’ve been doing just that for almost 10 years.

    As Steven Pressfield says, it’s about showing up and doing the work. You’ve already been doing just that in the past few months leading up to this momentous decision. So now, it’s about doing even more of what you love.

    Heart and soul you have in spades, so now there’s just some work to do 😉

    • Farnoosh

      My dear Sandi, I knew you’d be first and foremost over here. And I feel your excitement for me even across the entire North America continent! I am showing up and doing the work until I can’t stay awake anymore. I am determined to put in what it takes. The last few months have been good and we just have to do some more work…. thank you so much for encouraging me on. You are a gem!

  • Karol Gajda

    Farnoosh, I don’t have much to say except that this was beautifully honest and raw. Obviously this wasn’t an easy decision, but you’re already kicking so much ass I can’t wait to see how much ass you kick without the weight of the corporate world on your shoulders.

    • Farnoosh

      Karol, that is saying a lot and it means a lot. Not an easy decision to execute – I knew it had to be done and it was the only way but it was just hard to pull the trigger. It’s show time now! I am loving having you in my audience. THANK YOU!

  • Kristi Hines

    You know you’re officially my hero, right? I love how you don’t make any excuses or tone down how you enjoy life just because you know there will be someone out there that doesn’t agree. I’m a personal fan of Oscar de la Renta and would love to have a dozen or so specific expensive gadgets at the moment, so I couldn’t agree more with wanting the material possessions. The fact that you could have kept going on a super cushy job but didn’t just because it stopped aligning with your values though says a lot about your character. And I think that kind of character, passion, and brilliance will do just fine in the entrepreneurial world!

    • Farnoosh

      Kristi, my dear, I can be your anything if you find it inspiring. No excuses here and I would not turn down anything from Oscar de la Renta either – good taste! Thank you so much for the encouragement on what was definitely not an easy thing to give up. Glad to hear I am well-equipped for the new world and I am here for you if you ever need anything at all. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts, Kristi.

  • Dave Ursillo

    It’s great to learn a bit (well, a lot!) more about your story and personal/professional life outside of your online persona, Farnoosh.

    The heart (instinct, intuition, gut-feelings) guide us far more positively and accurately than I believe we can ever logically explain through rationalization. It’s as if some part of us knows our purpose better than our heads. When we bridge the inexplicable gap between head and heart, we leap, and before long find flight.

    Congrats and here’s to awesome things!


    • Farnoosh

      Dave, I gave it all away, didn’t I? The story shall have a happy ending though. The heart guiding part thing you have right and I am so proud of you for knowing this at such a young age (yes, you are very young ;))!
      Beautiful words, there is poetry somewhere in there, Dave. Thank you so much for sharing in my excitement.

  • Martin

    The honesty and transparency surrounding this post is what drew me to leave this comment. I really admire those with the courage to pursue their dreams, and I can imagine this wasn’t an easy decision. But as I say “You always have a choice in life, you’re just too scared of the consequences” and guess what? You are still a winner even if you make the wrong choice, the loser is the one who didn’t have the courage to chose at all.

    Martinsays: Quite Inspiring!

    • Farnoosh

      Hi Martin, then I am glad you decided to leave a comment. It took a lot of courage but we have it when push comes to shove, we all do. I really believe that. Taking part in the decisions of life instead of letting them go by (indecision) is what makes a winner. Hands down correct. Thank you for sharing!

  • Monica May

    Wow, I am excited to see what is coming next! I could have written this post almost word for word.. I’m in that exact same boat for my job, right down to working at home smartly. 😉 Hoping to get some inspiration.

    • Farnoosh

      Dear Monica, lovely to see you back and I am excited too – wow, you have a similar story then. I hope you find the right path and trust me, you will know when enough is enough. I am sending you lots of courage to make the decision that is right for YOU! Thank you for stopping by.

  • Uzma

    Dear Farnoosh,
    What can I say!! expect that I truly respect the sheer honesty and grit in your words. I love how u say ‘u love stuff’, and how u write straight from the heart of your aspirations as they grew and changed. I know from simply reading this blog that u have a certain joie de vivre, a certain spirit on fire than enflames and wildly rustles everything it touches. And the fire gives warmth to others. So fire away, my friend. May the blog, your spirit and you keep soaring, keep bravely exploring, accepting and living a prolific life!!! Its been a pleasure reading, and it will always continue to be so. God bless and lots of love and best wishes, to a brave, honest and terrific soul!!

    • Farnoosh

      Dear Uzma, where have you been? I have missed you.
      Ok, well I am speechless. You should save your gorgeous writing for an amazing blog post, you know. This is quite simply beautiful. Thank you so much for sealing my decision in such beautiful blessings. I will remember it always, Uzma and I am honored to have you as a reader. Thank you, my dear friend.

  • Tony Teegarden

    And a big fat congratulations to you Farnoosh. I love the openness and standing for what you know you love. I appreciated the candidness around your feelings of being comfortable.

    The transition I made from a 10 year network marketing career with one company is similar and I feel your pain in wanting to stretch your wings. Man it feels good, doesn’t it? :)

    Congratulations again!

    • Farnoosh

      Tony, so good to see you and I’ll take that “fat” congratulations from you any day :)! Thank you so much for stopping by. I remember you touched upon your story with me. Good does not begin to describe this feeling, Tony, and I do not care what is in store so long as all that I described here is behind me. Thank you and let’s forge ahead with courage!

  • Sandra / Always Well Within


    I love and appreciate your brilliance, transparency, clarity, and vision. It’s been a joy to see you refocus your priorities and pour even more of your heart and soul into your blog over the last six months. I wish you the greatest success on your new path.

    One of the things I love about Buddhism is that there is even a path for people who find it impossible to let go of their love of material possessions. You are far from alone in that regard. I do agree wholeheartedly that it’s not the possessions themselves that are problematic, but our attachment to them that brings suffering.

    • Farnoosh

      Dearest Sandra, hi!!
      Thank you for reading and for watching and for being a supporter of me. I am blessed with people like you – and finally, I have time to read more about Buddhism. You know, the only suffering I had was from working in this place ;)!! Attachment is definitely a very in-depth topic. I would agree that dependence on our earthly possessions for happiness is not the best approach to life. Attachment, sometimes I find that refreshing and restorative. Dependence, not so much. Meeting you half-way, my dear Sandra.

  • Debbie

    Interesting post, since I had similar views of the corporate world (I left two years ago). One small thing–it’s “bated breath” not “baited breath.”

    • Farnoosh

      Thank you for the correction, although I have seen both spellings, now I have made the change – and good to hear you felt the same about the corporate world, Debbie.

  • Brandon Avance

    Congrats my friend! Stoked for you!

    • Farnoosh

      Thank you, Brandon!!!

  • Nea | Self Improvement Saga

    Congrats, Farnoosh, on what you’ve called your “crazy decision.” I know with all my heart that this act of courage will pay off well for you. May all of your richest dreams come true.

    • Farnoosh

      Dear Nea, hi! thank you so much for the congratulations, although I must tell you, I did not hear it from my parents ;)! It is still flat out crazy to them, much as I love them and they love me, they just worry. I digress, thank you so so much and I hope you have been very well.

  • Suzie Cheel

    Love this Farnoosh, you remind me of a time many years ago now when I walked away from a safe secure position and followed a dream to be an artist. I find it timely to be reading this today as after a break of several years I am looking at returning to my art only online this time.
    I love that you have shared your story along with your love of freedom, journey I started when I came online many tears ago.
    Thanks for your inspiration

    • Farnoosh

      Dear Suzie, how lovely to see you here. I hope you meant years ago and not ‘tears’ ago. It is wonderful to learn your story here. Thank you for sharing your own inspiration and for reading, Suzie.

      • Suzie Cheel

        Yes that was years:)

        • Farnoosh

          I rather like the expression: many tears ago….well, not in this context but you know what I mean, Suzie… :)

  • Sahar

    So proud of you, Farnoosh! :)
    You are amazingly brave!
    I wish you lots of luck and fun following your heart!

    • Farnoosh

      Dearest Sahar, you always show up when it really matters to me. Thank you so much, so so much! I was brave here, I admit – thank you for applauding it. Hope you are doing fabulous!

  • Evelyn Lim

    Wow…a heartfelt post. I love it! We share similar experiences in having left a lucrative job. I worked close to 10 years previously in the financial industry.

    In fact, in my self-published book, I wrote about having the 5Cs: Cash, Car, Credit Card, Club Membership, Condo. The 5Cs is a popular term in Singapore. It represents a typical person’s dream living in Singapore.

    To step away from materialistic desires requires another C – Courage. Few would dare give up their comfort zone to pursue their passion. I applaud you for taking that move.

    All the best to your future ventures. May you experience great success!

    With love,

    • Farnoosh

      You learn something new everyday. I love the 5 Cs, even though it doesn’t excite me as much as it probably would have a few years ago…. Cash is always good though :)! Thank you Evelyn for your lovely reaction and for sharing so much of your own story. It’s great that you resonate with this post too.
      Courage is what I signed up for and I had no idea I had this much of it to pull the trigger. I am still shocked every day and just so so incredibly happy. I hope that you are finding as much fulfillment in your decision and direction. Thank you for your lovely thoughts.

  • Stacey

    Hello again, Farnoosh!

    I’ve been chatting with you all day at Jen’s blog, and finally made it over to your blog! What a lovely surprise to find that you, too, have left a job that you once loved, but no longer serves you — because I also resigned from my hospital job in February for similar reasons!

    It’s quite late, I’m working in the hospital tonight and it’s busy, but I just want you to know that I can’t wait to check back in with you here! I’m also writing a guest post for Jen’s blog about my decision to leave my job and, most importantly, how I dealt with the fears around it (no small feat because I am the primary financial provider for my family). That post will run on May 17th and I’d love to see you there, too!

    Again, it’s lovely to meet you!

    • Farnoosh

      Hi Stacey, it was nice to meet you on Jen’s blog. And I can’t get tired of hearing similar stories, no matter how many I hear. Thank you for sharing. So I guess you are *still* at the hospital, I am a bit confused. I’ll check on your post on Jen’s blog for sure and ever so lovely to meet you too.

      • Stacey

        Hello again!

        I resigned from my staff position in February but it takes months to find a replacement because my field is so highly specialized.

        And then it takes many more months for the new hire to be credentialed and earn hospital privileges.

        The administration hired a nurse-midwife to fill my spot last month, but it will probably be the end of August before she is truly able to take my spot and I will be a free agent, so to speak. :-)

        I hope that makes sense!

        • Farnoosh

          Ok that makes more sense but wow, that is a long-term commitment for people who quit. It’s very nice of you to give them this much time. Best of luck. August shall arrive too!

          • Stacey

            It’s very nice of you to appreciate my commitment by staying at the hospital until another midwife could take my place.

            Contractually, I’m only required to give 3 months notice, which would have had me out this month (May), but I really couldn’t imagine leaving my colleagues in such a lurch, especially over the summer. I understand they want to take vacation time with their children (not work more because there’s a staff deficit!) and I empathize.

            Yes, the last 3 months have flown by and I expect the next 3 months to pass quickly too! All the best to you, too!

            • Farnoosh

              You are *amazing*, as is every nurse I have ever had the pleasure of meeting and a few that I have made friends with. The dedication and the loyalty. Yes, I am sure your colleagues appreciate it immensely. In the corporate world, we are expected to give 2 weeks notice – both ways, either the company to you or you to the company; there is no binding agreement – and frankly, no one was going to miss me or need me, so I hope to build a business and a life where I am in high demand and I make a difference in many people’s lives. It all reaffirms my decision, Stacey. We have made both of our decisions for different reasons it seems. I wish you the best. Do come back and let’s keep chatting as you embark on your journey. Thanks for the conversation!

  • Qin Tang

    I greatly admire your courage for what you did. Best wishes as you follow your heart and pursue your dreams.
    One comment about financial freedom. For me, it doesn’t mean to have all the money I want and be able to buy everything I want. It means not to be a slave of money and possessions, to be free of the desires of wanting more and better.

    • Farnoosh

      Dear Qin, welcome to prolific living! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts…. I love your definition of financial freedom. I think it is the “freedom” part that you want – to be free of desires of wanting more and better? I am not sure I get that part. I think financial freedom really shows us who we are and how we act when we have the funds and the freedom to do with it as we please. Thanks again for stopping by!!

  • John Sherry

    Before you fly you first have to face the fear you’ll fall. I congratulate you Farnoosh for following your heart and answering a new purpose within you. We are all (or should be) growing and developing who we are and this leads to many a metamorphisis so why not in how we work? WE are the asset and that’s what I see with you. Yes, you are an awe inspiring blogger, yes you are a talented writer, yes you are a travel companion, yes you are an inspiring soul, but the greatest yes is that you are a diamond of potential now starting to shine for the world to see and we know how much diamonds are worth, right? I left work 6 years ago to ‘explore’ finding myself – its been a journey and a rollercoaster but it’s also a destination called home when you get there. Wherever you want home to be I wish you Godspeed and, somehow, I just know you’ll get there!

    • Farnoosh

      To be likened to diamonds? You had me at the first sentence John but the rest of this is probably the most special and profound comment you have left for me and I know you have left plenty of comments here. “Home” – I am already feeling home, really, and free, so free and so empowered. Thank you so much for seeing this for what it really is and for articulating it better than I ever could. You are a dear, dear friend!!

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  • Leon Bullard

    Very proud of you & happy for you Farnoosh! It’s good that you are following a path that you hope leads to the desires of your heart. Congrats big time! I simply wish you the best in chasing your endeavors. -Leon

    • Farnoosh

      Leon, my dear friend, thank you so much. I know it’s rare of you to pop up so it’s a special treat for me to have your support on this tough decision. Can’t wait to see you soon so we swap stories and catch up.

  • Amber

    I’m so proud of you – congratulations and way to go for following your heart. It pays off! I’m glad we met at blogworld … one of these days I’m gonna be all… “I knew her when…” 😉

    • Farnoosh

      Hi dear Amber, thank you so so much. I am delighted we met at Blogworld – the NC row ;)! – And even if fame comes knocking at my doorstep, I will still be the same person I am. I am determined not to change now that I have finally found ME :)!

  • Angela Artemis

    I wish you great success in your new life as an entrepreneur! I walked away from a high level management position in finance in 1996. I was the envy of all my colleagues who thought I was so gutsy to do what I did, and wished they could do it as well. I was given a leave of absence with full benefits in case I wanted to return, something I had asked for but willingly accepted. Once the bird is free from the cage and discovers there is an entire world outside – it can never go back to such a “small” life. You are that bird now – and fly you will!

    • Farnoosh

      Hi dearest Angela, I love knowing your story and sharing the decision that we both made. I was the envy of every colleague to my shocking surprise. Here I am giving it all up and they are envious! One person compared it to leaving the prison as Tim Robbins did in Shawshank Redemption! I am *NEVER* going back, Angela, a package, incentives, bonus, you name it. I am never looking back, ever. Thank you for believing in me. I am delighted to call you a dear friend. And thank you for this comment.

  • Chipo

    Thank you for sharing your story. I see a lot of myself in your own journey. Years ago, I left a lucrative position as a corporate lawyer because it was no longer in line with the life I desired for my family and myself. I too am now involved in blogging and entrepreneurial endeavors. Although it was scary to take the leap from corporate life, I have found it to be incredibly liberating to choose a life that is not defined by titles and physical things, but rather by things that matter so much more – love, fulfillment, passion, and living your life’s purpose. It does indeed take a lot of courage to take a step off the safe and expected path of corporate life, and forge a new path that is more authentic to who you really are. Kudos for having the courage to follow your passions. I wish you the best of luck on your journey!

    • Farnoosh

      Hi dear Chipo, welcome to prolific living and thank you for your comment. I am so glad you left what you no longer desired. It is definitely scary but not enough to outweigh the liberating feeling. All those things you mention are what drove me to this decision and they used to be simple intangible stuff when I was younger. Now, it’s all about following my heart and not listening to anyone, anyone who tells me otherwise. Thank you so so much for the good wishes and I love to hear from established entrepreneurs such as yourself.

  • Joseph Ch’ng

    I am very happy for you. You have just raised your income potential from 6 figures to whatever limit you could possibly want it to be.
    I too, am on my way to join you and the others on this path of entrepreneurship.
    I find it hard to part ways with my fixed income yet, because I have commitments on hand. I am working on it. The day when I can really quit my job, I know I will experience the same feeling as you did, and I will write a post like this to share about it.
    I enjoyed reading this post very much. I like your openness in sharing about your feelings.
    I wish you well in your upcoming endeavors.

    • Farnoosh

      Joseph, I love that analogy. I was LIMITED by the stupid 6 figures. I can make so much more. In fact, I remember a blogger talking about this during her course… ! Oh I am so delighted that you too are thinking about it. Listen, giving it up is not easy and it’s good to have a practical plan in place just to keep things afloat but I am excited about the day that you too will walk away and you had better tell me about the blog post…. thank you so much and come back again anytime. All the best.

  • Renee

    Hi Farnoosh,
    My first time to your site and what an awesome read! My situation is almost word for word, yours. Cushy, easy job, 11 years, excited at first to take the CEOs job, six figures…. I was bored out of my mind. My soul did not sing, I felt so empty and unsatisfied!!

    I am now trying to decide on my true passions, as there is so much I would love to do, and figure out how to replace my income-I too loved my income, benefits, bonuses etc. Those golden handcuffs are what kept me there for such a long time.

    Loved your honesty and rawness. I look forward to more from you!

    I have no doubt you will be a fantastic success!!


    • Farnoosh

      Dear Renee, welcome then if your first time. Wow, it seems you do have a similar position except you have a fancy title, I ddn’t. ;)! Oh my god, it is so boring, so not challenging, so insanely maddening to stay the course. It is important to know those passions. It took me YEARS to find mine and I’ve built on it for 2 years already with this blog and with skill preparation. You shall hear plenty more. I am not yet done writing this story. Thanks so much and come back anytime. And I wish you the same success and more.

  • Nathalie Lussier

    Yay baby! I feel like I’ve been following along your journey for a few years now, and it’s so amazing to get the insider’s view of what was going through your mind… and isn’t it amazing how real live conferences and events can change us so dramatically?

    I feel like I always come home with an extra jolt of inspiration after meeting other like minded people. I am SO excited for this next phase in your life Farnoosh and I have no doubt that you’re going to rock it. :)

    • Farnoosh

      Dear Nathalie, it’s lovely to see you. We have followed each other for a while now and I still remember your inspiring speech at blogworld. It had something to do with this decision, I assure you – especially since you are so much younger and yet so mature about the importance of doing what we love! Thanks a million for the vote of confidence and I can’t wait to see you at Blogworld in NY!

  • Jeffrey Tang


    Best of luck on your new direction in life! I did something similar about a year ago (though my job wasn’t quite as cushy), so I can definitely relate to all the different emotions something like this entails.

    Seriously, though? Anyone brave and secure enough to say this: “Quite honestly, I love money and the pursuit of obscene wealth enthralls me. And you will never hear me apologizing for it. Not ever,” deserves mad respect in my book.


    • Farnoosh

      Hi Jeffrey, thank you so much – well, even if your job didn’t pay the same level, you walked away from comfort and security. That is what gives rise to all of those emotions. And I’d like to stay in that book long term :) thanks again for stopping by and see you soon again.

  • Arvind Devalia

    Farnoosh, congratulations again for the new part of your journey.

    I also love what you said about being a material girl. There isn’t anything wrong with material abundance – and not everyone needs to become a minimalist!

    I await with anticipation the next chapter of your journey of prolific living…:-)

    • Farnoosh

      Dearest Arvind, thank you so much. No, there is not a thing wrong with material abundance, even though I love many things in simple and raw form. Next chapter is coming and I am delighted to delve more into our community and our passion as I move forward. Can’t wait to see you in London. We are coming, I assure you!!

  • Krishna

    This is like reading a Dan Brown novel. I’ll continue to read the rest of the pages for the next decade ~biting down on the fist~

    • Farnoosh

      Krishna, that’s great – you do know that I love Dan Brown and have reviewed his every book here on the blog. Part 2 coming and go easy on that fist.
      Thanks for the laughs!

  • barbara

    Farnoosh, I totally understand your feelings about corporate life. I tried more than once to ‘fit in’ but never could. I actually had a boss tell me once that John Mellencamp wrote the song ‘I Fight Authority’ for me. I thought it was a compliment.
    Some of us just need to be in control of our own destiny and not tied to someone else’s. It makes our life, and everyone around us, much easier.
    All the best!

    • Farnoosh

      Dearest Barbara, I knew I’d see you here. Oh I was so far from fitting that it’s amazing they didn’t show me the door 😉 but I was good at what I did and they knew it. I need to listen to that song now….!
      You know, I think everyone IS in control of their destiny but the corporate life is just a good fit for a lot of people. Not for you and me though. Definitely not one bit. Lovely to see you here!

  • Lance

    I’m so happy and excited for you! I know the passion you bring here to this space, and I’m sure that’s just going to soar to even new heights with an even deeper connection you’ll have here.

    …looking forward, very much, to the continuing story…

    • Farnoosh

      Hello dearest Lance, thank you so so much. I am so grateful for your support, you just have no idea – and so glad you are back from your time off. And you really should use that photo I have of you in my travel guide page – it’s on your blog and it does your good looks a lot more justice than this one! Just saying :)!

  • Galen Pearl

    Wow, and to think that when I first started reading your blog, you were concerned about winter weather! We had an email exchange about light boxes, as I recall. I loved reading the comments almost as much as I loved reading your post. You have such a great cheering team encouraging you onward and upward. I’m happy to be one of them!

    I also understood your feelings about leaving a job that meant so much to you for so long. My situation is different, but I share some of those feelings, as I am now retiring now from a job I have loved for two decades, and a profession I have loved for 30 years.

    We’re all staying tuned to see what you come up with next, knowing it will be terrific!

    • Farnoosh

      Galen, I am STILL concerned about winter weather ;))!! LOL. We did, I remember it well. And I am so happy to have you around since then to be here with me on this occasion. Loving a job and retiring from it, I think, would have completely different types of feelings. Believe me, I toned down how I felt about the company so only imagine the gravity of it all. I hope that you find fulfillment after retiring. Thank you so much for being here.

  • Aileen | Kaizen Vision

    Congratulations on your bold, brave, big adventure !!


    • Farnoosh

      Aileen, you were one of the first people who knew when I made the decision – and you’ve been a darling support all along. Thank you!

  • Veronika

    I quit my job on 18th April, 3 days after you :) My job was also really well paid but went exactly the same way as yours did and I could no longer continue doing it even though it brought in a very comfortable paycheque every month.
    I’ve been thinking about quitting the work I’ve been doing for the last 14 years for a while now and every time I thought about it I found some excuse as to why I shouldn’t. Until I’ve realised that there’s never going to be a ‘perfect’ time to do it so I just had to get on with it and make that leap, so I did :) I’m now working on starting up my own business, it’s not through blogging (which I love) but it’s through building up a business that’s going to be all about art, my biggest passion of them all.
    I wish you all the best in your adventure, I’ll be following along and cheer you on :)

    • Farnoosh

      Veronika, “could no longer continue doing it…” those sum up my feelings exactly. Mine was far from a perfect time, believe me, my family tried to talk me out of it but when you know, you just know. Your heart decides on the timing and the more we suppress it, the longer the healing and the weight of regret…. It’s delightful to hear you are starting your own business – and you can always do a blog to support ANY kind of business in the world! The blog can be your launching pad or platform for your business. Thank you for sharing part of your story. I loved it and best of luck.

  • Brenda Spiller

    Farnoosh, you are an inspiration. I am trying to do this too, although I am not currently working as I left the company I worked for to move 4 hours away because I was getting married again. You have given me the push I need to keep going and to keep trying and not to give up. Thank you! Not that I was near giving up yet, but every bit of motivation is banked for future use when needed. I’m looking forward to exploring more of your work here and following your story. :)

    • Farnoosh

      Hi dear Brenda, and by trying to do “this”, do you mean working for yourself? Yes, do not – do not – give up. I am so happy this was motivational for you and I shall share all of the story as it unfolds. Best of luck and keep at it; it will pay off. Thanks for stopping by and see you soon again.

  • Mara Rose


    Congratulations! I am so impressed. Especially, by your courage and forthrightness in discussing your decision. Yay!

    I appreciate your comments about loving your stuff–I am the same way :-).

    • Farnoosh

      Hi dear Mara, thank you so much. And so glad that my brutal honesty here was not in vain. I hope to see you again and thank you again for the kind words.

  • Sibyl-alternaview

    Farnoosh: I have been waiting for this post … and was it ever worth the wait. I am such a believer that if you follow your passion and put your heart into what you do, everything will fall into place just as it should. Congratulations on your decision and it will be exciting to watch you as you move through this next phase of your journey. I already know you will do and accomplish so much. One of my favorite quotes … Sometimes you have to let certain things fall apart so better things can fall together.

    • Farnoosh

      Dearest Sibyl, I have so enjoyed our conversations – and I told you I’d write it. I just had to clear my head and open my heart after clearing off the dust from my old job from every part of my life. THANK YOU for a most beautiful quote. Saving it for a rainy day. Thank you for all your support and friendship, Sibyl.

  • Adrienne

    Fabulous Farnoosh!!

    I can feel your excitement pouring out in this post, and I’m so excited for you!! I can definitely relate in that what was once a promising dream in terms of a career is no longer. As you know, I’ll be saying good-bye to my Air Force career in just a couple months, and like you, I’m so excited and terrified at the same time!!

    This post also did something else wonderful for me…something SO wonderful…it reaffirmed that it IS okay to BE ME on my blog. I sometimes finding myself holding back because I don’t want to offend someone or alienate someone in some way. Well your bold and unforgiving statements showed me just how silly that is. Your stating your opinions did not make me judge you or think less of you for owning up to being materialistic; quite the opposite, I have more respect for you for being so open and honest!

    Another fear crushed!! 😉 I’m feeling much better about the idea of being “unapologetically me” in my writing. Thank you for this!

    • Farnoosh

      Hello dearest Adrienne, this extensive note is so so kind. I did not realize your departure from Air Force was coming up so soon. Best of luck.
      You know, I learned that it’s ok to be me – totally and completely me – from Naomi Dunford. So go ahead and be just you. Be bold and beautiful, while kind and professional. So very happy that I crushed a fear for you. Now that’s something I do not mind being known for ;)! Thanks so much, dear Adrienne and see you very soon.

  • gustavo

    Thank you for your message. I am new to blogging. I am a writer and have begun to blog. Simply learning how to navigate the computer enough to blog has been a challenge. I am stuborn though and will figue it out. Any suggestions?

    I will continue to follow you and wish you all the best!
    If you can, take a minute and read my first 2 posts. I’d be honored!

    Be well !!!

    • Farnoosh

      Hello dear Gustavo, welcome to our fabulous community of bloggers. It can be very time-consuming at the beginning to get established and set-up. You can learn all of it on your own or I can help you get up to speed fast :)! I have great coaching sessions on those if you are interested. Take good care and I’ll check out that new blog. All the best.

      • Farnoosh

        PS: You did not link to your blog here, Gustavo. You linked to general wordpress site.

  • Sinea

    I am nearly there…but I think I’m earlier in the stages than you. I still love the school where I work but I have been feeling stale and burnt out. (My mom passed away in February and that plus other family needs may have tipped me toward this decision.) Not sure yet what will happen but I have proposed 2 months off without pay to my bosses so that I can have some rest, do some things that I love—like fully cleaning my house and spending time with the grandkids– and write, which I love. On paper I can’t “afford” to go without 2 months pay but something inside tells me it is a “must do”.

    • Farnoosh

      Dearest Sinea, hi. It’s good to harbor some love. I lost ALL of mine. I am so so sorry about the loss of your Mom and I sincerely hope that you get the time off to do what you need to do and take care of the business of life. I wish you the best, I really do. Keep me posted. Thanks for your comment, thanks so much.

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  • Deb Augur

    Mmm. Farnoosh. Absolutely lovely and compelling. I have no doubt you will flourish in anything you do. Keep heart!

    I made this same decision 10 years ago and counting. I was scared but determined, like you are. My online business has been a tremendous reward. I’m certain yours will be for you, as well.

    I found you via David’s “Heroic Destiny” post about bloggers. I liked your comment and just had to come by and learn more about you. I’m glad I did. I will be back to hear the rest of your story.

    • Farnoosh

      Dearest Deb, hi! So nice to see you here, welcome!
      Thank you so so much for your vote of confidence. Oh yes, David’s post was rather timely. I had to stand for blogging and entrepreneurship. Plus, he took me a bit by surprise with his whole perspective on the matter.
      So good to hear that you made a scary but right decision – most make the easy and not-so-right decision. Come back anytime; I am delighted to meet you here and thanks again!

  • Mitch Mitchell

    What a major step, and I’m proud of you for making it. Trust me, as someone who kind of made that same step almost 10 years ago now, I know it’s terrifying and exhilarating at the same time. You will have ups and downs, but for the most part you’ll have a better chance of feeling fulfilled. Good luck; can’t wait for part two.

    • Farnoosh

      Dear Mitch, hi! Thank you so much, so much for understanding the terrifying part just as much as the exhilarating part. Whatever happens will be a joy compared to the misery of the corporate world as far as my heart and soul are concerned. Thanks again for being here and part 2 is on the way, I assure you.

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  • Tibor

    Farnoosh, that was one of the best blogposts I have ever read! Thank you so much for sharing. You’re flippin’ awesome!! You have inspired me even more to live my passion and make money from it. The future even brighter now, great! :) x<3 x
    ps. look forward to part 2!! :)

    • Farnoosh

      Hello Tibor, nice to meet you here and welcome to prolific living.
      That is the highest compliment and I am smiling and wondering how to match part 2 to this :)! Happy to talk to you more and sent you a reply to your email. Take care and stay motivated!!

      • Tibor

        Thanks I plan to! :)

  • Tito Philips, Jnr.


    To start with, I didn’t even know you worked in corporate America. I had always thought you were already an entrepreneur. You weren’t the kind that would have lasted long in such an environment and your decision to leave, is no other than the best.

    About the money, entrepreneurship is a life of feast and famine. Especially in the early years of starting out, it might need some getting used to on your part :)

    I wish you well on this road less traveled. You deserve more life, being an entrepreneur is your best chance at having that.

    • Farnoosh

      Tito, how are you, my friend? That’s hilarious! :) Yes, I did play the part of a FULL-TIME blogger well; that goes to show you how “badly” they needed me at my job, wouldn’t you say? If I could count the countless hours that I put into building this foundation, I wouldn’t believe it myself!
      Feast and famine, you say? Well, I am ready for anything – I am really ready for it. Thank you so so much for the kind wishes and I love the closing words. You are sweet to drop by. Good to hear from you!

  • Naomi Takeuchi

    Congratulations on starting a new chapter in your life! Much of your post resonated with me as I was in your same position six years ago when I left that same company you reference, leaving a cushy six-figure salary to pursue entrepreneurship. It’s awesome you have the support of your hubby, family and friends as you embark on this new journey. I know it meant the world to me to know that my support group was there to keep me going. I’m sure you’ll do really well to “build your own empire” as you would say. Knock ’em dead at your speech at BlogWorld in NYC on May 24th, and congratulations once again on this new step you’re taking!

    • Farnoosh

      My dear Naomi, I don’t see you here often so I know it must have taken a special post and message to give me the pleasure of hearing from you :) thank you so so much for sharing your thoughts and yes, I left that same company which you left 6 years ago and in fact I think I turned my corner around that time. Your timing, I must say, was impeccable. But we each reach that point on our time.
      And on the support side, it is incredible how much of a difference that makes. I think my family has had their doubts and concerns but not because they don’t believe in me so much as that they may not fully understand the new path and the new possibilities; I am counting on their support whether they like it or not ;)! And thank you for the good wishes. My speech actually moved to May 26th. You are still giving yours on the 24th? That’s Andy’s birthday so it will bring you lots of good luck.
      Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts here, Naomi, and to our stunning success in 2011 and beyond!

      • Naomi Takeuchi

        You’re welcome, Farnoosh. You’ll find the road of entrepreneurship thrilling much like a rollercoaster at times. But remember, as the old saying goes, “If you’re not the lead dog, the view never changes.” Glad to see you’re taking the lead role now. Enjoy the view!

        • Farnoosh

          Thrilling describes a lot of how I feel but I actually do not like roller coasters one bit, Naomi! And the dog analogy goes a long way – I was definitely not seeing much change in my view at my ex-company so things are already looking up. I am in charge. What I say goes and the decisions are made by me and the buck stops with me. It’s empowering, alright. Thank you so much for your thoughts.

  • Amy

    So many people blog about walking away from corporate America, but somehow your writings always reach me in a unique way. Perhaps it is because our situations are very similar, but I also think you have the unique gift of being able to put your experiences into words. The honesty of your posts is refreshing. I guess what really causes me to pause after reading this is the fact that you are so obviously a cautious, logical person, and you made this huge decision with both your head and your heart.

    I really resonate with the part about working smarter not harder. When you lose the fear of not getting ahead and just start trying to make your career satisfying regardless of the outcome, things just start falling into your lap. I feel like people are impressed by things they don’t understand, and most people do not understand a life lived without fear. The more frustrated I become, the more I lose my fear, and it is very empowering. But I have begun to wonder if I can ever find “something worthwhile to be asked to do”, as you so eloquently put it. I, much like you, must first reach the end of my resources before I can walk away…. I know I have not tried everything that I can yet.

    Corporate America is certainly missing the boat when they continue to lose so many young people who are truly passionate about their careers, and who want to stay and are even willing to work hard to stay and be happy, and in the end they still have to walk away because no one will help them.

    I am not sure what I want yet, but your post keeps me thinking. Thanks.

    • Farnoosh

      Dear Amy, making you think and question what you really, really want and the timing of it all and what you are willing to do and not to do, those are very empowering decisions and I am delighted to have enabled you to do that by reading this post. Action comes in its own time and you can’t rush it. Corporate America IS missing the whole point and top talent walks because smart people can only put up with so much, ummm, what is it, nonsense? Yes, I’d call it that. I can now. :)
      Thank you so so much for your kind words on my writing – it fuels me to write more because it can evoke such response and such reaction. You have made my day! Now I have to really work hard to bring the quality of Part 2 up to par!
      A million thanks for taking the time to express these very sincere and honest thoughts and I hope to see you again.

  • Zeenat{Positive Provocations}

    Hi Sweet Farnoosh,
    To say I’m beyond the moon for you is simply stating it :) But I truly am so so excited. Youre such a brilliant gal..that I’m truly curious to see what you are going to come up with next.
    As for you being the honest material gal..oh youre the most honest, most loving and truly the best hearted material gal I know. Although i dont really crave material pleasures, its part of life isnt it. Especially now that I have a little girl..i want to shower her with only the best.
    I completely get your passion for the blog….I have been planing to monetize on it far too long. The time to implement those thoughts has come for me too :)
    Do you see it??? Oh I can see it….there are beautiful wings right there …look behind you :)…go fly girl!
    Love you lots,

    • Farnoosh

      Hi dearest Zeenat, you are last but not by a long shot least, and you knew way before anyway :)! I know and believe that you are rejoicing in my happiness too. Thank you so much!! And I think that you have many opportunities to turn some profit from your blog and from your amazing skills. I think for your readership, a personal 1:1 session on Skype would be invaluable. I watched your interview with Suzie Cheel and I could sense such an incredible presence and story-teller in you. Or public speaking? The blog is our platform. And yes, I see it too. Thanks and I am here to support you if you need it. Love back at you!

  • Armen Shirvanian

    Hi Farnoosh.

    All the effort that you put in for whatever you do leaves you in a good position in any field you are in. You will win here, just as in the corporate realm, because of your work ethic. Normally, I wouldn’t be too supportive of such a career switch, but if anyone can pull it off smoothly, you are a worthy candidate.

    • Farnoosh

      Armen, I almost missed you here – well, I am feeling fortunate that even though you would not advise this course of action, that at least I am a worthy candidate to make it or break it. I like the challenge, I really do. It’s going to fuel my fire even more, not that it needs much fueling now. Great to see you though. When is your site back up? Been coming by to no avail….

      • Armen Shirvanian

        I have shut my site down for the time being so I don’t waste any time with it, and am focusing on job-related material. I’ll probably only return to it if/when I have some big plan. I’m not a fan of putting out a lot and getting a negligible amount in return.

        My salsa dancing class is going well.

        • Farnoosh

          Hmmm. Ok, that’s too bad. I must say I am disappointed and I would think in the very least, it would have been nice if the blog were still up so that the archives or other pages you had created could be accessed but of course it’s up to you. I hope you have success in your new pursuits, Armen.

  • J.D. Meier

    > n amazing culture, would fall into the trap of bureaucracy and politics, bad decisions and empty promises
    It happens to the best of them.

    Congrats on your bold move and owning your path forward. It sounds like you’re trading up for driving from your life style, living your values, and leading life on your terms. Way to go.

    • Farnoosh

      Hi J.D., thanks so much for stopping by and thank you for the support. And I love the way you see it, “trading up” – it sure feels that way and it’s only been a week. A million thanks!

  • Ram Manchi

    Hi Farnoosh:

    HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS on many fronts!! First, for your bold decision to seek freedom and explore your world; Second – Your will power to stand up for your personal values; Third – for your candid and eloquent expression of your opinions. I can absolutely align and appreciate your observations on what helped you to make this life changing decision. I resonate to your dilemma on the unfortunate degradation of integrity, leadership and values at your most recent employer. Regardless, your thoughts and your decision to move on are extremely inspiring and awakening for those in similar introspection and speculation. Wishing all the best, I look forward for more inspirational insights from you.

    • Farnoosh

      Hello dear Ram, it’s very nice of you to stop by and share your thoughts. I am very touched especially as this comes from you. Thank you so much for seeing it exactly as it was. I know – I just know – you have a special gift and you will find a setting to unleash it fully. Keep at it and please don’t give up and thank you so much for reaching out. So much! Best of luck to you too.

  • Aparna

    I simply love your blog, loved the way you have put your thoughts into words,
    i can relate to it , word by word. It is so very easy to wallow in self pity ,feel sad , dejected, depressed, but one should tell oneself, look beyond. There is life to more than just ………..Congrats and i hope you continue to inspire more people as you move along…

    • Farnoosh

      Hi Aparna, welcome to prolific living. Thank you for the kind words and I am naturally sad that you can relate, for it was no happy occasion whatsoever. There is so much more to work in life and I seriously plan to inspire as many as my words can reach. Thanks again!

  • srshopper

    Dear Farnoosh,

    Thanks for sharing your candid feelings and courageously bold decision in giving up the corporate life for freedom and happiness. Your blog will serve as a reference and inspiration to many people who have had a corporate career their entire life and to my colleagues who are considering accepting early retirement package from my company. Although these folks love their job, it is the company that, as you experienced, transforms itself from once a great place to work to just another 9-5 company.

    I hope many CEO’s will find and read your blog and, hopefully like you, make bold decision to put their employees before corporate profit – Nah – talking about wishful thinking :)

    • Farnoosh

      Dear srshopper, yes it’s purely wishful thinking – even if a CEO has good intentions, do you know the number of councils and boards and approval processes he must go through to make a change in today’s corporate america, and even in the best of companies (aka, my old place)! Yeah, it’s ridiculous and pointlesss, although I fully blame the CEO himself for having all of those unnecessary systems in place. He or she is always the main one accountable. It’s sad that you have also seen the same trend. Thanks so so much for stopping by and for adding your thoughts.

      • srshopper

        Hi Farnoosh,

        Please don’t tell me your old company’s name begins with “C” and ends with “O”.


        • Farnoosh

          I shall tell you no such think, dearest .. by the way, I am crazy about San Francisco, what about you? ;)!

          • srshopper

            I like San Francisco very much but feel it has changed much since I called it home 12 yrs ago.

  • Christian Hollingsworth

    You’re sure inspiring. I think you’ve made a crazy decision, but one that will bring greater happiness, success and more gain on a whole. It’s exciting to see what you’ve been accomplishing over here at prolific living – all with that extra time. It’s incredible to see people grow through living their passions and making them work!

    • Farnoosh

      Hi, I did call it “crazy” but only in jest. It is the *best* decision I have made, Christian, and if it brings me all those things, how can it be so crazy. :)
      Yes, we have a lot of time in our hands even with a full-time job and we should put excuses aside and use that time wisely. Plus, passions pull you in and you really have little control at times. Thanks for stopping by.

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  • nazimwarriach

    Hello Farnoosh,
    You have made a very bold decision by resigning from your company, its like burning your boats behind you!
    Best wishes for your dream, dear!

    • Farnoosh

      Nazim, I burned every boat and every safety net. I am swimming now to happiness and terrified as I am, I am deeply happy – thank you SO much for sharing that happiness….!

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  • Timothy Gay

    I loved this post. I just quit my job and I don’t regret it. I’m on the path of entrepreneurship myself and it’s because I chose to follow my heart and not the well-intentioned advice of the people around me. I know everyone means well but I found that most people are just pushing their fears for themselves onto you. Great post. I love what your blog stands for as well. I’ll be back to read more!

    • Farnoosh

      Hi Timothy, oh yes, no regrets on that front whatsoever. Good for you!!! And really, you couldn’t have said it better. The intentions are good but the choice is yours to make and the “easy” choice is not always the right choice. Thank you so much and come back anytime because I am only getting warmed up talking about the fabulous path to entrepreneurship. Thanks for your comment!

  • Aaron Andrews


    Sorry I’m late Farnoosh, I am new to This is the first article I have read and I loved it from start to finish. I think it’s amazing how gutsy and brave you are! It’s encouraging and inspiring. I am a person who also loves money and personal possessions, so I can imagine how scary this was for you. Can’t wait to check out part 2!

    • Farnoosh

      Aaron, why sorry. How can you be late when the post is going to stay up forever! Welcome. I am so glad you enjoyed the post and that it resonated with you. Trust me, even I had no idea how gutsy and brave I am but if my ridiculous happiness is any indication, I do believe it was the right decision. Part 2 is already up and there will be more stories on this front so check back in and thanks for your comment.

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  • Dave

    So wonderful to find your blog. I stumbled on it via GRS via Radio Enso. I can relate to your decision in so many ways. I too decided to leave a very cushy executive job in June 2010 to pursue my dream of traveling the world on a motorcycle. So far I’ve completed North America (35,000 miles, every state in the US, every province in Canada) and have met so many wonderful people and have had so many amazing experiences and seen so many beautiful places.

    I’ve decided to put a momentary pause on the road trip take the next several months to get in the physical shape I should have been in years ago. I find I’m often too tired and drained to really enjoy the people and things I’m doing. Finding you is perfect timing. I’ll be study all your info for more great ideas on becoming a better person!

    • Farnoosh

      Hi Dave, a thousand welcomes. I love messages like this and this story made my day! Great job on both going for your motorcycle adventure and for taking a break and a pause when you felt like it. And you are welcome to browse all you want and share your thoughts. I am so glad Radio Enso sent you this way. Thanks again for the inspiring story and keep living life loud and well :)!

  • Robert Wright

    Hey Farnoosh,

    I am with your other fans in cheering your story and the path you have taken!

    I always felt so energized after talking to you at work – you radiate optimism, energy, enthusiasm and it’s contagious.

    In a way I feel bad because I think you would have made a brilliant CEO! I did what I could to help you in that direction. (-;

    I left in July of this year after 17+ years. I second all of what you have said re: the direction the company is going. That being said – I was very fortunate to have had many excellent managers and co-workers along the way who helped me grow my career.

    I was also very fortunate that my burnout with hi-tech after 25 years coincided with an early retirement offer that was too good to pass up. So I too have left a comfortable salary and position to see what the future offers. I will be going through your links and other resources for inspiration.

    While I look for inspiration I plan on spending lots of quality time with my wife and our new dog.


    • Farnoosh

      Hi Robert, I read this early this morning and it made me smile! It was a long journey for you and a good one I think – you seemed happy and always managed to have fun – or it seemed so to me – whenever we encountered and thank you for saying what you have here. I am so so happy you left our mutual ex-employer and best of luck with all that you are going to do with yourself. It is exciting, terrifying and fun and the early retirement package helps ;)! Keep coming back and keep me posted on what you are doing. Thanks so much for stopping by. Love to keep in touch. Take good care.

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  • Ali Davies

    Always good to hear a fellow Corporate Escapee story. We all have our own reasons but interesting that freedom seems to be a factor for many people. And after selling my life, soul and freedom to corporate life for 14 years my freedom is no longer for sale – at any price.

    I have been a Corporate escapee for 10 years this year. Woohoo!! I have never regretted it for a second.

    Enjoy this exciting journey. Wishing you much success, freedom and happiness in the adventures that lie ahead.

    • Farnoosh

      Ali, greatest decision of my life. I can’t agree more with you on every single sentiment you have expressed here, and I fully expect that massive success will come from being free and un-trapped so we can follow our true calling. You are now a role model with a decade between you and your corporate “escape” and I am looking up to you. Thanks for sharing your thoughts here and hope to see you again!

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  • Stephen Budd

    I’m glad I read this. I didn’t know the risk you took. I am at that point where I have a great job I love, but not passionate about. I have a great boss. She’s become a friend. But I am finding myself writing every second I can. I am even skipping work to go home and add something to my blog. I know it’s a passion because I can’t stop thinking of it, and ideas just flow easily.
    Anyway, I need to take that risk and leave my career for my passion.

    • Ali Davies

      In relation to your comment about risk, my uncle said something to me all those years ago on that subject – “Life and business isn’t about taking risks. It is about knowing which risks to take”. A good point I think.
      Below is a poem about risk that I hope you will enjoy:


      To laugh is to risk appearing the fool
      To weep is to risk appearing sentimental
      To reach out for another is to risk involvement
      To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self
      To place your ideas, your dreams before the crowd is to risk their loss
      To love is to risk not being loved in return
      To live is to risk dying
      To hope is to risk despair
      To try is to risk failure
      But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing
      The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing and is nothing
      They may avoid suffering and sorrow, but they cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, live
      Chained by their certitude’s, they are a slave, they have forfeited their freedom
      Only a person who risks is free.
      – Source unknown

      • Farnoosh

        Absolutely beautiful poem, and smart uncle, as Stephen said, dear Ali. Thank you so much for sharing! I saved this poem for many re-reads!

    • Farnoosh

      Hi Stephen, glad that Ali beat me to this because I can’t possibly top what she said. I can only say that you need to make something happen, especially when bosses become friends and work gets way too comfortable to be serious work and aligned to your deepest passions. Oh and I totally understand how you feel. Can’t wait to hear more when we talk soon.

  • Stephen Budd

    Thank you for that! You have a wise uncle. I know that I know what I need to do (if that makes sense). I’ve always had that goal, it’s just positiioning myself to actually do it. BTW I checked out your site…Great Job!

    • Farnoosh

      Steve, I can’t believe I never replied to this but of course it was mainly a reply back to Ali! Thanks for stopping by and I hope things are going super well with the book publishing adventures!

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  • Shalani

    Hi Farnoosh… I really admire you for doing such thing. Right now, I can’t easily decide whether I go full time with my online business and resign from my off line work. Thanks for sharing your experience, this can help me decide.

    • Farnoosh

      Hi Shalani, thanks for your message. I can help you decide the right course if you are interested. I have focused my business coaching on precisely this issue. I am glad this blog post was useful and let me know if you want to talk more.

  • G Angela

    Beautiful post, loved every word – appreciate your guts, it takes a lot of courage to make a choice like the one you have made ! I enjoyed reading this post, it was very inspiring, thanks for sharing.

    I have taken small baby steps in moving out from a regular 8 hour job and have taken up counseling to the students and also associate myself with organizations that invite me to take sessions young for students – I am happy inspiring and making a difference in the lives of students.

    I also blog with gratitude, and am here to learn from you and the other bloggers, I enjoyed reading all the comments too. Thanks again for sharing, very authentic and straight forward post !

    • Farnoosh

      I see you have worked your way into the archives and into a post that exploded when I first wrote it, Angela. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and I can tell you this: I have not missed the corporate world for all of a minute yet. I don’t believe I ever EVER will either.

      Baby steps are the first step, and they come before everything else. If you feel you are making a difference, then you are on your way to find your true path. And from there, things can definitely grow. I wish you the very best, Angela, do keep me posted.

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  • John

    Thank you for this story. For the past 20 years I have endured corporate America, watching the dreams and hopes of people shattered by corporate greed. Outsourcing, offshoring, reductions in force to name a few have left a giant lump in my throat and my stomach in knots while executives line their pockets in a world of self indulgence and righteousness.

    I finally have hit the wall and realize its time or me to do something else with my life, a time to be inspired, inspire others and help people navigate through the mire of today’s challenges.

    Thank you for giving me the courage to take it to the next step.

    • Farnoosh

      Hi John, thanks for sharing your thoughts and I am very sorry for your struggles in corporate – what can I say, I can relate!! I work with people in your situation all the time so if you need more than inspiration, I am glad to work with you as as coach to help you out of your situation and to help you take your next steps. You CAN DO IT and it’s NOT too late! Just remember those!

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  • Liz

    I have experienced exactly the same emotions and taken the leap to start my own adventure recently so its really encouraging to hear how well you are doing ! Thank you.

    • Farnoosh

      Liz, congratulations on leaving, I am so excited for you – you’ll never look back. Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you very soon again – wishing you much success.

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  • Dems

    What can I say Farnoosh – You have inspired me to see my blog as a business! Stay tuned for the results :)

    • Farnoosh

      Hi dear Dems, so very glad this post inspired you. Stay with that inspiration…

  • Lisa Barrow

    You are such an inspirational person! I feel as though I know you, and I just bumped into your blog by accident. I LOVE your blog… Keep up the fantastic work!

    • Farnoosh

      Dear Lisa, you are very kind – I’m delighted to have you here and grateful for the accident that brought you here. Come back anytime and thanks for the lovely words….

  • Andre

    Hello Farnoosh, congratulations for your choice! it is incredible how I am going through exactly the same right now…I’ve been working for a multinational for the last 13 years (by the way, that was my first job as an intern, today I have the 6-digit salary, managerial bonus and an expatriate contract…) But I do not feel realized…I could say I lost my faith in the corporate world, I simply don’t see a meaning anymore, I have spent my days working on business plans for my own business, which has nothing to do with my job… However, to really let it go and start all over again is not easy… I got to say, your worlds really motivated me! I really wish I can lose my fears and do what you did! Best regards, all the best from a Brazilian citizen living in Asia.

    • Farnoosh

      Dear Andre, I hear you word for word and know exactly how you feel …. it’s scary and it’s really hard but you have got to make the switch and start putting all your energy and love and effort into the thing you believe in the most …. I wish I had done it even sooner. Don’t lose time. And you can overcome the fears. Did you know I’m offering my Smart Exit Blueprint class again later this month (Sept 2013)? That’s exactly what I teach and love to have you onboard.

  • bill

    Hi Farnoosh – I found your article on linkedin. I love the Amazon authorship. It makes it easy to buy your book. I can’t wait for it to arrive. Bill

    • Farnoosh

      You are awesome @disqus_JYQ77PZxUK:disqus Thank you so much!!!!