We had the good fortune of connecting with Michelle Zarrin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Michelle, what’s one piece of conventional advice that you disagree with?
A conventional advice I disagree with is that we have to work very hard to become successful. I don’t believe putting in extra hours each day will get us the results we want. I do however believe in working very efficiently, without any distractions and maintaining a sharp focus. Once we do that, we get into “the zone” of whatever we are working on, and ideas come fluidly.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I view myself as a creative because I am continuously creating content, whether it is meditations, blogs or courses. I take in a lot of information, to continuously learn. I will forever be a student in my field of meditation, mindfulness and personal development. I have so much passion for my work. My path has not been easy because I had to pave my own way. I have failed more times than I have succeeded. And what I’ve learned is it’s very normal for entrepreneurs to fail, and to fail a lot. The key is to not give up. When we don’t give up, and we add those successes (however big or small) up through time, that is when we will stand out. That is when we are on the path to true, lasting success. Life will test us. We will need to go through many learning curves. And that is why it’s so important to do what we love. It’s too easy to give up. For me, I have come so close to giving up so many times. But my love and passion for meditation, mindfulness and personal development kept bringing me back to give it another shot. And each time I picked myself off the ground, and tried again, a new opportunity came my way. Or I experienced a new level of success. What I want the world to know about my brand is it comes from pure passion. I have wholeheartedly experienced the benefits of meditation and believe in it so much as a tool for a better life, that I want all of humanity to experience the same benefits. I always tell people to not give up. The path becomes more beautiful the further we go. And this is incredibly true. No matter what your craft is, what your passion is, keep going. You will fail many times along the way. Muster the energy to pick yourself off the ground, and keep going.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend was coming to Southern CA, there is an array of places I would take her. I believe I live in one of the most beautiful locations in this world. I view the LA area as one of the creative capitals in the world, because we have the movie industry here. So many ideas are born here, and shared with the world, in the big (and small) screen. So with that said, I would take my friend around the streets of Los Angeles. Of course, we would visit iconic places like Hollywood and Rodeo Dr. But I feel just driving through streets like Sunset Blvd gives a person a well-rounded view of all of LA. Sunset Blvd takes a person from Hollywood, all the way to the Pacific Ocean. We drive by huge billboards advertising the latest thrill on Netflix, perched atop outdoor restaurants, where one can bask in the beautiful CA sunshine while enjoying a meal. Sunset Blvd then takes a person through Beverly Hills, and one witnesses opulent, luxurious and magnificent homes. And at the end of Sunset Blvd, one gets to the beach. Waves, sand, and sunsets cannot and should not be missed while my best friend is visiting me in the LA area.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I dedicate this Shoutout to one of my best friends, Karla Amador. She also has a mission of service, within personal development and mindfulness. And she is a wonderful sounding board, and confidant, in my path.
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