We had the good fortune of connecting with Zee Najarian and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Zee, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
There are two habits that I can say have helped me succeed. First, I stay the course. There is power in staying. Often times, we give up way too soon. In working with women for years, one of the questions I get asked the most is how do I know which passion to follow? I always say, you need to stay the course to know. Pick one and keep at it. Not giving up is how you win. There really is no other secret to success. And second, I always stay in self-integrity. My word is all I have and it’s as good as gold. People that know me know that if I say I’m going to do something, I’m going to do it. I have gotten so many opportunities because of this one habit. I get so many referrals from people who know me and the number one thing that they say is that Zee will always stay true to her word. In a world where staying true to your word has become a rare instance, if you can stay in self-integrity you will be way ahead of most of the people.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I went through most of my life asking this one question: Why are we here? I just didn’t understand why we walk on earth and then years later die. I guess that was my way of asking what my purpose was. I grew up in a family who gave my brother and me everything we needed to succeed. My parents gave us food, shelter and love and told me my only job was to get good grades and a degree. One thing I never did was figure out who I am. I went to school, got good grades and just as my dad suggested, I started studying computer science. But who was I really? Want did I like to do? What was I passionate about? What set my soul on fire? I didn’t know any of those things. So about six years ago, I set out on this personal development journey. This has been my greatest accomplishment. Through this journey I discovered that I am passionate about helping women live a life that they love, one that is authentic to who they are. I have spent most of my life trying to get over the “there has to be more to life” feeling and after having different jobs, countless side gigs, getting multiple degrees, and serving on many nonprofit boards, I now uses my experience and expertise to help other women build a life that they love. I believe that living a life that you love doesn’t mean you have to walk away from your current life and give up everything that you have. At the core of my teaching is how you can start living that life right now, from where you are, in whatever field you are in. You were born to do things your way and it’s your cosmic right to live the exact life that your heart desires.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love exploring architecture in Los Angeles. We have so much history here. If I were to take a friend out around town, I would start off by waking up early to go hiking in Hollywoodland. There’s so many beautiful homes and windy roads. Not to mention all the secret stairs to discover! Then we would stop by Beachwood Cafe for breakfast. Up next would be a tour of the underground speakeasies in Downtown, Los Angeles. I took a tour with Cartwheel Art called Underground LA and it was phenomenal! We would have to grab coffee from Tera Mia, they have the best coffee in town! Then we would finish off the night by going to the Rhythm Room in DTLA where we would hangout, eat, drink and play some games.
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?
Like Isaac Newton said, if I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants. There’s way too many to name them all. I could not have done it without all those who came before me, those who are on this journey with me and those who are ahead of me. In 2nd grade, my teacher Mrs. Kalfayan, nominated me for Student of the Month when I hadn’t even earned it. I had just moved to the United States and didn’t know a word of English. She believed in me and I knew I had to rise up to it so I don’t let her down. In 9th grade I had a geometry instructor, Mr. Good who truly cared about the quality of education that we received. He taught me that one person can make a difference. My dad taught me the importance of honesty and self-integrity. He left the greatest legacy for me. My mom showed me loyalty. When my dad passed away she stayed 100% loyal to my brother and me. Chalene Johnson helped me start my personal development journey six years ago. She came into my life at a time where I was so confused about what my purpose was. My friend, Kathy Huynh who I met three short years ago, keeps me sane in this crazy online business life where almost no one else understands you. And my brother, the greatest gift he’s given me is being who he is. By him staying true to his most inner self, he gives me permission to do the same.
The image with the confetti-Stacy Piece Photography