Turning the ‘Worst Year Ever’ Into Personal Growth – My Journey 2013!

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I originally posted this as a Facebook update the 31st of December 2013, about 2 hours before the New Year! I decided to re-post it here on my blog because it was extremely popular and a lot of people seemed to really enjoy it and was moved by my story and journey this past year.

Since this post was written on Facebook in a very short time, it may have some grammatical errors or small mistakes as I didn’t re-write it much for this blog post. Hope you’ll get through it to the very end and feel inspired to do something great after reading it! Thanks!

 

So without further ado…here it goes…

The WORST year ever for me personally (and my family) is coming to an end, and I will tell you how I turned this year into the year I experienced the most growth so far in my entire life.

Actually this year started out great…I was in the best shape of my life, doing CrossFit almost every day at the Gym and making some really good progress. I went to the Nike Blast and really had a ‘blast’ together with mostly a lot of women…not that I would ever complain about that. My health and physique was better than ever before, and the tests I did proved it. My body fat percentage was around 7-8% and I was feeling good. If you’ve known me for some time, you also know that I’ve always been very fit, but at this point I was almost as good as I could compete in CrossFit…and that was also a goal at the time to really get in the best shape of my life.

Good timesIn March of this year I accomplished a small goal of mine to go to a College Spring Break with some of my best friends Petar Knezevic and Mladen Jovanović. We had a blast in Panama City beach, Florida, partying every day at the beach and having fun. Then after about 9 days or so in Florida, I changed my flight for like 700 dollars, and instead of going back to Sweden I went back with them to my “old” hometown Akron, Ohio to meet some of my good friends and of course hang out with my buddy Aleksandar Knezevic! My best Serbian friends are crushing it, and I couldn’t be happier for their success since they are like my brothers. Aleks is just 24 years old and driving a Lamborghini, but it wasn’t always this way. Hard work pays off! #Good times! #Partnersincrime 

I had the time of my life….and I was in the progress of starting an online business and had some other projects going at the same time.

Navid and Aleks

Then only a week or two after I came home from an amazing trip to the United States….I get this horrible phone call you never think you will get, and if you get it you ask if the person who’s calling if he/she is just joking…but you know deep inside that you never joke around about this kind of stuff…

In my case….I still remember it very clearly like it was today. My mom called me around 11:30 am the 4th of April 2013 and gave me the horrible news, that my younger brother Simon passed away, just 22 years old. I was shocked, and all of a sudden my life turned up side town and I didn’t really know how to handle the pain I felt right away.

Before that horrible moment, I lived a relatively relaxed life with my family and we didn’t experience any major problems so far in life. We went on fantastic vacations when I was younger, from the United States to all over Europe. I lived in Norway during many summers, skiing on glaciers and swimming in the fjords during the same day.

All of a sudden…despite not spending much time with my brother over the last few years…we had great memories…and now they were just that…memories. I will never experience them again together with him. RIP Simon, we will always miss and love you very much! I hope I will be able to develop a better relationship with my youngest brother Martin over time. That’s actually one of my big goals for 2014 now that I think of it!

Instead of feeling sorry for myself…I decided to feel the pain, and surrounded myself with even more AMAZING people and most importantly TAKE MASSIVE ACTION and go after my biggest dreams in life. I would like to thank Jesse Krieger, author of Lifestyle Entrepreneur Book, for being there during the weekend after my brother died. I really appreciate that, means a lot to me!

I joined several masterminds and online communities and courses. I would like to give a shout out to Internet Business Mastery and more specifically to Jeremy Frandsen and Jason Van Orden. You guys rock, it’s because of you I met two of my best and most supportive friends, Jan Koch and Myke Macapinlac. That’s one of the highlights of this year, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without them!

The most horrible and saddest moment (and maybe also most beautiful) of this year was my brothers funeral. I’ve don’t normally cry…I really don’t…but I couldn’t hold back the tears. Definitely the toughest moment in my life! 

Simon's Funeral 

But my life doesn’t stop just because I experience something like this…I need to live out every moment of it, because I started to realize even more than before that life is damn precious! I have to keep moving, and you should too. We all face and handle experiences like this in different ways.

ProfileWhat really worked for me, was keeping myself extremely busy. I worked full-time, I was learning and connecting with other incredible people full-time. I’ve never hustled and worked harder during my entire life. The only thing I didn’t do as much any more, was doing my weekly CrossFit routine and keeping this amazing shape that I had back in March. Not that I was in super bad shape or anything, but for someone who has always been pretty much in the shape of an athlete, and not feeling this way anymore…it’s quite a horrible feeling….I’m slowly getting back, and next year I have big plans for my fitness routine as well. Bring on beach 2014 and I will get my ripped body back, no doubt about that!

So mid June finally came, and I launched this site, my personal branded site and now also soon to be launched show, “The Lifestyle Architects”. The only thing I knew when I started, was that I wanted to document my journey in a very honest and transparent way so other people can learn from me and hopefully feel inspired to start their own. Everything I know today, is because of the hard work I put in, and all the incredibly supportive, inspiring and successful people I’m surrounded with on a daily basis.

You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. – Jim Rohn Click to tweet!

As many of you know…my site has evolved a lot since the first ever interview I did with Pat Flynn from the Smart Passive Income. So I would really like to send out a big shout out to you Pat, you have inspired me to start my own show in many ways, and it was this first interview that made me realize that I actually can do this too, despite that I’m not a native English speaker and all the other doubts I had starting out. If I’m going to be completely honest and transparent with you…I barely thought I could ever write or start a popular blog and inspire and help people in the way I do now.

I went from making my first dollar online, my first 1000 dollars and beyond. Not that I’ve made a lot so far, I haven’t and I’m in this for the long haul. It’s a conscious decision from my side to not sell my services and consulting early on because I wanted to figure out what I really could offer other people and all of you who are my ideal audience visiting my site and listening to my show…and maybe most importantly, what I can do to bring you real tangible results in your business and life. That’s what really matters, and if you check out my site now, I finally know what my brand stands for. It will evolve over time, that’s for sure, but without knowing what my brand stood for, I could never have this amazing looking site I have today. It’s not as easy as you may think to work with a designer. I know, wasted well over 3000 dollars on design myself last year and early this year. Don’t get a custom design unless you really know your brand. If you don’t know, how will the designer know!? 

Navid Moazzez

I’d like to send out a thank you to my amazing designer from Beecoding.com for bringing my new site to life so quickly, just about 4 weeks from start to finish is super fast. We have some cool things we are working on if you want to take your brand, website and business to the next level. Stay tuned!

I connected with John Lee Dumas in July 2013, host of the top ranked business podcast EntrepreneurOnFire.com and joined his elite mastermind, Fire Nation Elite and I met and became friends with 100 other amazing entrepreneurs almost over night. If you guys see this, I would like to thank you for all the support, you guys are doing some awesome things, and dominating the podcast scene and new & noteworthy section in iTunes. Prepared to Ignite!

I have interviewed some incredibly inspiring and successful entrepreneurs during the past few months, some which I will publish very very soon when my the Lifestyle Architects Show goes live. From NY Times bestselling authors to multi-million dollar business owners, and other amazing lifestyle entrepreneurs living the dream. I’m even fortunate enough and proud to call some of them my friends today! 

Just take this very first step, and start something. It will never be perfect, and you can always make things better as you go…the most important thing is to take action and JUST DO IT. Start now!

Act before you’re ready! Take MASSIVE ACTION and Just do it! Click to tweet!

To accomplish even more of my BIG goals and dreams in life, I decided to join Lewis Howes and his new elite mastermind The School of Greatness Academy! Lewis has probably inspired me more than anyone this past year and I’m so thankful that he put this together. Some amazing people doing extraordinary things in there, I’m blessed to be part of it! This is just the beginning of achieving greatness in business and life. #SOGA #Greatness

I would also like to send a special shout out to Chris Ducker, his actionable blog posts and awesome podcast has been really helpful for my progress and journey online so far. I can’t wait to read your book ‘Virtual Freedom‘ next year, keep rocking!

One of my proudest moments of this year – was actually the 30th of December 2013 when my vision finally played out and went live. Yes I’m talking about this website and my home online. It turned out pretty amazing, and the feedback I’ve gotten so far from everyone is awesome. Thanks, I couldn’t have done it without you guys!

Now I’d like to take a moment and thank a few other people who have inspired me and/or been there for me this past year:

Thanks Henri Junttila from WakeUpCloud for being very supportive and a good friend this past year. I love what you are doing and you inspire me on a daily basis with your mindset and the way you look at life.

Thanks Rodrigo Flamenco from Epic Web Studio for being awesome, a good friend and motivator from the very beginning. You have definitely been there for me and I know you will crush it 2014 and take your business and life to the next level!

Thanks Rick Noblett for being a good friend and supporting me with great feedback and awesome discussions on Facebook almost every day. I know you will be very successful, you are like me, a massive action taker and they always get rewarded BIG TIME!

Thanks John Shea for interviewing me for your podcast Voices of Marketing early on and for writing an epic blog post about guest blogging for my site. Keep taking action and you’ll see lots of success coming your way 2014.

Thanks John Corcoran for coming on my show and over deliver big time. I know I can count on you and your course Power Networking is awesome! Check out John’s blog and podcast Smart Business Revolution!

Thanks Sergio Felix for supporting me on my entrepreneurial journey and giving me the motivation to move forward. I’ve been following your blog since 2012 sometime and you were one of the reasons I felt that I can start my own and do this as well!

Thanks Reginald Chan for your support and including my in your epic post “50 Bloggers You Should Follow 2014“. I really appreciate it and feel honored to be included among so many other great bloggers and entrepreneurs. 

Thanks Rasmus Lindgren from Retire My Ass for being awesome and supporting me early on. You always over deliver on interviews and can’t wait for our last interview to be released on my site and iTunes. Also thanks for writing a great guest post about your Lifestyle Business journey. Your book The Lifestyle Business Rockstar really does ‘rock’, great read and I recommend it to everyone who’s looking to start their own lifestyle entrepreneur journey!

Thanks Ryan Andrews for being a great friend and our Skype chats were very inspiring and helpful for both of us. I’m glad that I helped you on your journey to achieve more greatness in business and life! More amazing things to come your way very soon, you are a true hustler!

Thanks Siamak Milani for taking the photos for my website and for being a good friend even in tough times.

Thanks Alexander Daniels for being there for me during a tough time in November last year and for letting my crash at your place. I owe you big time, and let me know if I can help you in any way!

Thanks Ronald Veldman! I don’t know where to start, but you have known me for so long and you are one of my best friends, despite we don’t get to hang out that often since you live in Holland and I live in Sweden. You will do GREAT things this year and I’m glad that I’ve inspired you to start your own epic journey and business. If you want to know more and follow Ronald’s journey, feel free to check out his up and coming blog FitandFree.co.

Thanks Christian Maximilian! You are maybe the most successful friend I know, and you have inspired me so much, but also been there for me in tough times like when my brother passed away. What you are doing with you’re business and you’re goals is just amazing to watch! I met you back in 2011 at F12 in Stockholm, and I’ve seen your fitness company grow like crazy over the past few years. Take over Europe and then the world, if someone can do it, I know it’s you!

You have been there for me this year, and I appreciate YOU very much!

And I can never write a post like this and not include my really good friend and very first mentor Nate Bunger. You have inspired me more than you think, thanks for everything you’ve done for me! More to good things to come our way very soon ;)

I would also like to send out very special thank you to Natalie Sisson from the Suitcase Entrepreneur. Your 30 day blogging challenge was probably the most challenging and most rewarding thing I did during this past year, not only for the growth of my site but also on a personal level since many of the topics were not that easy to write about and I had to dig deep at times. I didn’t finish it completely, but I wrote around 40,000+ words during 20 days or so, and I proved to myself that I can do it! And not to forget, “The Suitcase Entrepreneur book” rocks and one of the best reads of 2013. I highly encourage everyone who want to start a lifestyle business and achieve location independent to read it.

Also the last shout out will go to one of my absolutely best friends in the world and up and coming artist and performer Leonardo Silveti (or as he likes to call himself, Leonardo Pasion), he’s definitely one to watch! He is currently pursuing his dreams in NYC at Broadway Dance Center! He has inspired me a lot to live my life outside of my comfort zone and go after my biggest dreams. When you get to go to all your cool parties, you know who’s your manager and handle the business side of things ;)

As a matter of fact, I just signed up for Toastmasters to become a great public speaker. And as soon as I find a bit more time, I will take up more Salsa dancing classes as well. Personal growth and learning for life!

I may have forgotten some of you in this post. If you have supported me on this journey, you know who you are and I truly appreciate YOU and can’t wait to take things to the next level in 2013 and leave this past year behind. 2013 brought some great things and I’ve never experienced this much personal growth before in such a short time, but the horrible things take over a bit unfortunately.

Anyway…that’s it from me for this past year. This is a quite a long post and if you read thus far, I hope you feel at least a little bit inspired to start fresh 2014 and do more things that matters to you, to other people, and hopefully even to the world.

Maybe you have a big dream or goal you want to go after? Why not start right now, or the very latest tomorrow! It’s never too late to start something or go after your dreams. The worst thing you can ever do is not trying…and you will feel regret later on in your life. Fail fast, and you’ll succeed even faster if you take consistent action over time.

Now It’s Your Turn…

Share your journey in the comments below and what goals you would like to achieve in 2014. What’s your specific plan for getting there?

Let’s crush it and bring on 2014 make it the best year yet! #bestyearever 

original image on Jennifer1093
original image on Jennifer1093

Stay inspired, take massive action and dream big…I know I am!

Navid

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  • http://www.RickNoblett.com Rick Noblett

    Very proud to be mentioned in such an epic post !

    Thanks Navid, I have enjoyed watching you expand and develop your passion into an awesome online lifestyle brand.

    I wish you super success ! I am privileged to think I may have had even a very small influence on what you have accomplished thus far.

    2014 watch out for Navid Moazzez !

    • http://www.navidmoazzez.com Navid Moazzez

      Thanks so much Rick, you rock!

      I’m excited to see what you come up with this year. You are up for great things, continue to take massive action!

      Let’s crush it in 2014!

  • Mia

    A truly moving story! Fantastic to read about your journey!
    Wish you & your brother a great future together!
    Keep going!

    • http://www.navidmoazzez.com Navid Moazzez

      Thanks Mia, I really appreciate your kind words!

      I wish you all the best in your life and let me know if I can help you in any way!

  • http://www.epicwebstudio.com/affiliates/ Rodrigo Flamenco

    Thanks for letting me be a part of your fucking awesome journey :)

    • http://www.navidmoazzez.com Navid Moazzez

      Awesome Rodrigo! Thanks for stopping by, let’s take things to the next level this year!

  • http://patricia.torre.me/all Patricia BT

    Hi Navid,

    I’m proud to have met you in 2013, on my road to Scandinavian vacation with my family! And your story today is very moving and very inspiring. About your business, I love your phrase “because I wanted to figure out what I really could offer other people”, and I feel myself being on that path now too. I’m also inspired by the English as a second-language that doesn’t stop you at all.

    You told me your story about your brother then, and I’m sorry this happened to your family. At midnight at the 2014 gate, I had a strong thought for all the people who left in 2013, particularly moved by your brother, the little girl Zoe I talked about recently, the stillborn son of one of our “online teacher”, the son of my kids’ music teacher and some others in my circles.

    I wish you a great 2014, lot of success for your business, and enjoy every moment with your other brother.

    Hugs.
    Patricia

    (reposted from my comment on your FB post)

    • http://www.navidmoazzez.com Navid Moazzez

      Hi Patricia,

      Thanks so much for your epic comment and all the kind words and support! I truly appreciate YOU!

      I wish you and your family all the best, and hopefully we can meet up soon, either in Sweden or abroad some time.

      Best,

      Navid

  • http://RetireMyAss.com Rasmus

    Hey Navid

    It’s with both sadness of your loss but also in awe of what you have accomplished this year.

    My thoughts go out to you and your family, no one should experience loosing someone so young.

    On the other hand I can see you crushing it with pretty much anything you do, so I have no doubts that you will explode your business in 2014.

    Thank you for reaching out and I hope that 2014 will be the year where we can grab a beer :).

    • http://www.navidmoazzez.com Navid Moazzez

      Hey Rasmus,

      Thanks so much for your support and kind words, I really appreciate it!

      I actually forgot to mention you in the post, so I added you now. You were a big supporter early on and you always over deliver during interviews and we had some fun chats this past year. I appreciate what you are doing and your book The Lifestyle Business Rockstar was a great read for sure.

      Glad I connected with you this year. I wish you and your family the best of luck in business and life. I would love to meet up, although I currently don’t drink…so the beer has to go for now haha ;)

  • Alexander C Smit

    Hey man, awesome journey. It’s impressive how you’ve dealt with tragedy by really taking advantage of life and all it has to offer. It’s a short one, so we need to make the most of it. Seeing you take action like this inspires me to keep moving with my own dreams and ambitions.

    Look forward to seeing how things develop after this exciting launch mate!

    • http://www.navidmoazzez.com Navid Moazzez

      Thanks Alex, I really appreciate your support and I’m glad I inspire you as well, means a lot to me!

  • http://www.AmberHurdle.com Amber Hurdle

    It’s been fantastic watching your ideas and business grow throughout 2013. As someone who had her life shift entirely by loss, as well, I know how much it takes to move past the pain and into purpose. I’m proud to be even a small part of your journey!

    • http://www.navidmoazzez.com Navid Moazzez

      Thanks so much Amber, I truly appreciate the kind words and massive support this past year. Thank YOU!

      I wish you all the best in business and life as well!

  • Alfredo

    Really inspirating. I wish you the best, this year and also all your life :D

    • http://www.navidmoazzez.com Navid Moazzez

      Awesome Alfredo, thank you! I wish you the best to and I’m glad that I’ve been able to inspire and help you a bit this past year.

      I wish you all the best in business and life. Let me know if I can help you with anything :)

  • http://www.freelancefromscratch.com Karen Martínez P.

    Wow…Your story is so touching. I’m sorry about your brother, but I’m happy you didn’t let that defeat you.

    Sometimes the worst experiencies are the ones that teach us the most.

    Thank you for sharing something so personal and private.

    Glad to see everything is doing better and you’re getting closer to your goals!

    Happy New Year :)

    • http://www.navidmoazzez.com Navid Moazzez

      Thanks Karen, I really appreciate it! It has definitely not been an easy time, but I keep pushing through and taking action!

      Happy New Year to you as well and I wish you all the best :)

  • http://www.EntrepreneurOnFire.com John Lee Dumas

    Navid,

    You are a shining example of what hard work, quality effort, and investing in yourself can do. Congrats my friend, and your 2014 is going to CRUSH

    • http://www.navidmoazzez.com Navid Moazzez

      Hey John,

      Thanks so much for the kind words and support this past year! You continue to inspire me on a daily basis and I’m very thankful to be able to call you a friend. You are crushing it and it’s very inspiring to see very closely on what REAL hard work, dedication and passion can bring you.

  • http://www.davidahaines.com David Haines

    Hi Navid, thank you so much for sharing this post. I lost my own brother a few years ago right around Christmas time, and it was really hard so I totally understand how you felt. I’m glad that you’ve been able to move on and turn everything around. Congrats on your success and even though I just “found” you, I look forward to reading more of your posts and celebrating your success with you.

    Best of luck to you in 2014!!

    • http://www.navidmoazzez.com Navid Moazzez

      Hi David,

      Thanks for the kind words, and I’m so sorry for your loss! Then you know exactly what it feels like and it’s just horrible, but at least we have to keep moving and do something great with our lives. That’s the least we can do, and you realize even more than before that life is damn precious!

      I wish you all the best and lots of success in 2014 as well!

  • http://houseflippinghq.com Justin Williams

    An amazing story and a true phoenix rising from the ashes tale for you this past year. I know you’ll definitely crush it in 2014!

    • http://www.navidmoazzez.com Navid Moazzez

      Thanks a lot Justin, you’ve been a big supporter this past year. I really appreciate YOU!

      And keep crushing it with the House Flipping HQ. I can see you will do great things with your brand as well!

  • http://www.mykemacapinlac.com/ Myke Macapinlac

    I’m so proud and privilege to have been a part of your adventure Navid! More to come for both of us! Let’s keep this up and success is just around the corner! :)

    • http://www.navidmoazzez.com Navid Moazzez

      Thanks bro!

      It’s been a pleasure getting to know you over the past year, and without you and the support from Jan, I wouldn’t be where I am today! You two are really my closest mastermind buddies and friends and I know I can count on you guys as you can on me. Thanks for everything man!

      Let’s continue to keep each other accountable this year, and make it a great one for the books!

  • http://www.voicesofmarketing.com John Shea

    Thank you for the shout out Navid! Good luck in 2014!

    • http://www.navidmoazzez.com Navid Moazzez

      Thanks for stopping by John! Keep moving forward and make 2014 a great one!

  • http://www.Leonardopasion.com Leonardo Silveti

    You are an amazing friend and business coach and I am more than happy that you mentioned me in your post.

    Even if 2013 was the biggest challenge in your life, you did the best of it and that made me take a lot more action and see my personal problems as fuel to do better things.

    Thanks and happy new year

    • http://www.navidmoazzez.com Navid Moazzez

      Thanks man, you are truly one of my best friends and I still think about the moment we me at this dance school in Stockholm and how we connected a year or so later when you saw me in town doing some “cool” stuff. Good times haha!

      Let’s make the most of 2014. I know you are having the time of your life in NYC, and it’s very rewarding and inspiring to follow your progress on a daily basis. I’m glad I’ve been able to help and inspire you on your journey as well, means the world to me!

      Happy New Year man!

  • http://marketingwithsergio.com Sergio Felix

    Hey Navid, thanks for the awesome shout out and for sharing your wonderful story with the world man.

    I can’t even imagine how hard overcoming these challenges should have been for you but you came up swinging like a champ and went all in.

    Great job my man, thrilled for you and 2014!

    Sergio

    • http://www.navidmoazzez.com Navid Moazzez

      Hey Sergio,

      Thanks for inspiring me this past year and being a big supporter of my work as well, means more than you can think to me, especially early on when I was just starting out and didn’t know a lot of people in the online space!

      Keep doing great things my friend…I follow what you are doing and congrats to the marriage and honey moon…looked like you had lots of fun :D

      Let’s bring on 2014 with a big baam!

      Navid

  • Tamara Teez

    I’m so sorry to hear about your brother! I saw this link from Sergio sharing it.

    (Hug). I am glad to hear that you are coming out, and are pushing hard through all of the intense circumstances!

    Truly inspiring! I’ll definitely be looking out for future posts of yours, and I thank you for being so intimately real, in this post.

    • http://www.navidmoazzez.com Navid Moazzez

      Thanks, Tamara!
      Our grief is deep, still, but I try to carry on!
      Great to know that I made an impact!

  • http://www.entrepreneuronfire.com/ Kate Erickson

    Navid, mindset is one of the most important things for an entrepreneur, and this post proves that you have the motivation, drive and willingness to see things as learning experiences and not let anything get you down or hold you back. You’re doing some really incredible things here on your site, and I’m really excited to see what 2014 opens up for you. I know how hard you work, and I also know what can result from hard work. I look forward to continuing to follow your success into 2014. Cheers! :)

    • http://www.navidmoazzez.com Navid Moazzez

      Thank you very much, Kate!
      Motivation and drive are truly entrepreneurial characteristics! And I really, really want this to work out well! Looking forward to meeting new challenges in 2014 and fortunately learn a lot … more!
      Cheers to you too!

  • http://nobrainermuscle.com Dejan Antic

    Hey Navid,

    Glad to hear that you’ve managed to make the most out of your tragic life event. Hope you really hit it big this year, you deserve it!

    Per aspera ad astra ;)

    Dejan

    • http://www.navidmoazzez.com Navid Moazzez

      Hey Dejan,
      Thanks a lot!

      Crescit eundo ;-)

  • http://fitandfree.co Ronald

    Wow Navid what a way and great post to start the new year with! I’m honored to be mentioned in this very personal post and I will work very hard this year again to really make it happen for myself and the business this year.
    But most of all I’d like to take the time here to thank you too for always taking the time to talk when I had questions even though I know you’re super busy yourself all the time. I cannot even closely imagine how hard 2013 has been to you in some ways but it’s been a great inspiration and eye opener to see how you handled with positivity and found a way to turn every drawback into a meaningful lesson!

    • http://www.navidmoazzez.com Navid Moazzez

      Thanks, Ronald,
      Yeah, this year was nothing I ever could imagine …
      Wishing Good Luck to you!
      I truly hope you’ll succeed with your goals too!
      2014 it is!

  • http://viralwriter.com Gilbert Samuel

    Hi Navid,

    Sorry to hear about your brothers loss, I also lost a very close friend, we both read and wrote the same exams, funny enough; he passed and i failed, (i could write my story here but I’ll make it short). He’s supposed to got promoted while me repeating but he couldn’t witness and celebrate his success.

    I guess we have the same thing in common, Wish you success in your journey, I’m hoping for the same too.
    Thanks for sharing this post

    • http://www.navidmoazzez.com Navid Moazzez

      Sorry for your loss, Gilbert! Make something good out of it …
      Thanks for your support!

  • http://consciousrunner.com Lisa H.

    Loved reading this! Extremely inspiring! Thanks for all your help and support. I wish you the best for 2014!

    • http://www.navidmoazzez.com Navid Moazzez

      Thank you, Lisa!
      Hope to see you here again!
      Have a great 2014!

  • http://jkoch.me Jan Koch

    Wow Navid,
    I already knew parts of that story but reading this makes me even more proud to be part of your journey!

    You’ve been working incredibly hard since the very first day I met you and I’m happy that we both can use our complementary skills to leverage each other’s businesses. You’re one of the fastest learning guys I ever met. And what makes you stand out is that you’re implementing what you’ve learned right away – you truly make a difference!

    I’m looking forward to collaborate with you in 2014 and to build crushing businesses!

    Cheers,
    Jan

    • http://www.navidmoazzez.com Navid Moazzez

      Jan,
      You’re always supportive and I look forward to collaborating with you as well!
      Let’s go … 2014 is here …
      Cheers,

  • Siamak Milani

    Dear Navid,
    As we have been in daily contacts during the second half of last year, I have seen how hard and motivated you tried.
    I think you have stated something big and you have a lot to come to your this year!

    I’m really happy for you as you have reached some of your initial goals in the very first days of 2014 and I’m also happy for myself that during the crashing past year out of really nothing we could contact each other; and this nothing is the core of a bigger mission we are going to make in the year of 2014!
    New year new opportunities, cheers to our friendship.

    • http://www.navidmoazzez.com Navid Moazzez

      Siamak,
      Always a great feeling to have friends that support you!
      Thanks!

  • http://www.theoverwhelmedbrain.com Paul Colaianni

    Wow, what an amazing year for you. From tragedy to success, from challenges to breakthroughs. I love that you are taking all that energy and putting into amplifying who you are, and building your business. You are going to have an epic life my friend!

    My 2014 is going to be non-stop, putting everything I am into my podcast and website. This year it’s all about giving as much value as possible. Sure, I’ll create a product or two, maybe even a paid membership site, but I plan on giving so much more than anyone is paying for.

    Thanks for sharing everything Navid.

    • http://www.navidmoazzez.com Navid Moazzez

      Thanks! Looking forward to seeing the results of your great efforts in 2014!
      I truly appreciate your support here!

  • http://suitcaseentrepreneur.com/blogchallenge Natalie Sisson

    It’s not often I’m lost for words but as I mentioned on Facebook Navid I had no idea that all this had happened to you in 2013 given how much you accomplished and the huge leaps and bounds you made. So impressed and honoured to be part of your journey. 2014 is going to be your year my friend!!!

    • http://www.navidmoazzez.com Navid Moazzez

      Natalie, thanks a lot,
      Let’s make 2014 a great year – for everybody!

  • http://MaritzaParra.com Maritza Parra

    Navid,

    First, I’m so sorry for the loss of your brother.

    And, I think you’re an amazing young man, very excited to see what you accomplish in 2014! (And everything you got done in 2013, too, getting clear on your voice is one of the hardest things I’ve found.

    • http://www.navidmoazzez.com Navid Moazzez

      Thank you, Maritza,
      Yes, we all miss him so …
      Wishing the best for 2014 …

  • http://alexdesigns.com/ Alex Harris

    Love seeing your growth. This is the real stuff, great transparency. Man, you are a strong dude. Glad we met this year.

    • http://www.navidmoazzez.com Navid Moazzez

      Hi Alex,
      Great to read your kind words!
      Hope to see you soon …

  • http://howtochangeyourlifeblog.com/what-this-blog-is-about/ Stuart Young

    Hi Navid, I’m glad you posted this here as I missed it on FB. So sorry to hear about the loss of your brother – I’m sure that it’s a good thing that you are turning his memory into your motivation. I’m also part of Henri’s LLA and have been following your progress the last few months. Good luck to you for 2014 – I have no doubt you will achieve your goals as you already have the right Mindset. Take care. Stu :)

    • http://www.navidmoazzez.com Navid Moazzez

      Hi Stuart,
      And thanks!
      Wishing Good Luck to all our endeavours for 2014, then!
      I really appreciate your uplifting words!

  • http://boutiquejapan.com/ Andres Zuleta

    Navid,

    From the moment you joined Fire Nation, I was like, “This guy is going to be a star.”

    I’m so sorry to hear about your brother. Congratulations to you for pushing through and living your dreams in the face of such a tragedy.

    Love to you and your family. Keep up the amazing work, you are an inspiration.

    • http://www.navidmoazzez.com Navid Moazzez

      Hey Andres,

      How are you? You were a BIG supporter and friend this past year and I’m glad I met you in Fire Nation Elite! Thanks for the awesome and very kind words, you rock man!

      I wish you all the best of luck in your new business and of course your life and be sure to make 2014 a great one. I know you are going to crush it!

      Take care and Happy New Year,

      Navid

  • http://clearlyinfluential.com Sandy Donovan

    Navid, It is absolutely amazing to see what you accomplished in a year. It is so inspiring to see the strength you had to keep going despite what you were experiencing personally. 2013 was really a year to be proud of and I can’t wait to see what happens for you in 2014. Congratulations. By the way – the site looks GREAT!

    • http://www.navidmoazzez.com Navid Moazzez

      Thanks a lot Sandy, means a lot!

      2013 was a year of struggle, pain and taking massive action to achieve my goals. It was a good starting point for sure.

      2014 is about taking more SCARY action, and trying to take things a little bit to the next level!

  • http://blueprintsforyourlife.com Anthony Miranda

    I’m so sorry for your lost! I have a younger brother that lives half way across the world and although we talk, I’ll be lying if I say I don’t miss hanging out with him from time to time. I don’t know how I would handle something like that.

    One big take away from your inspiring post is that you have surrounded yourself with a very positive, enriching, and motivating group. I never knew the power of this until I join Dane Maxwell and Andy Drish Foundation program. The people you associate with has such a HUGE impact on everything in your life and I seriously think none could do it without it.

    Best of luck in all your ventures and may this be the best year yet.
    :)

    • http://www.navidmoazzez.com Navid Moazzez

      Thanks Anthony, I really appreciate it! It’s not easy but you have to keep moving forward and live your life the way you want. Life is damn precious, always remember that!

      The best thing you can do is for sure to surround youreslf with amazing people, and that really helped me a lot. I’m glad you’re seeing this in The Foundation program, I’m sure you will get a ton out of it and make some serious progress in order to achieve your biggest goals and dreams in life.

      Thanks again, glad to connect with you :)

  • http://www.richhudson.co.uk Rich

    Wow, Navid, I hadn’t read this before.

    I am amazed by the honesty and sincerity in your writing. I didn’t know about your bereavement – I’m really sorry to hear about this. Personal tragedies, although awful, can be incredibly motivational. In my case, my father has suffered from multiple sclerosis for years. I don’t talk about it much (come to think of it this is the first time I’ve ever mentioned it online) but I can draw from it all the motivation I could ever need.

    Motivation comes naturally to you. I have no doubt that you will be amazingly successful in 2014 and beyond. I like your the quote “the worst thing you can do is not try”. This is so true. There is such thing as failure. I’ve never regretted anything I have done in my life, only things I haven’t.

    My personal aims for 2014 are to get married and grow my business. There are a couple of others but these two are the most significant.

    Here’s to 2014!

    Rich

    • http://www.navidmoazzez.com Navid Moazzez

      Thanks Rich, truly appreciate all your kind and encouraging words!

      I live by this. For me there’s no failure unless you quit and give up. The failure is not trying and going after your dreams. Why do you think most people aren’t living their dreams? Because they never try and don’t take the right action. So you are definitely right there!

      Congrats on getting married and I’m sure you will grow your business a lot as well. 2014 will be a great year man!

      Navid

  • http://readandgetrich.com Chris

    Gratitude is the healthiest of human emotions. Your blog post shines Navid!

    Keep it up!

    • http://www.navidmoazzez.com Navid Moazzez

      Thanks Chris, I really appreciate it!

  • http://smartbusinessrevolution.com John Corcoran

    Thank you, Navid, for the mention! You are a brave, brave man to share such a personal story and to use it to inspire others. I know you are up to great things in 2014 and the years ahead.

    • http://www.navidmoazzez.com Navid Moazzez

      Thanks John, I really appreciate the kind and encouraging words, means a lot to me!

      Glad I connected with you this past year. Keep up all the awesome work you do!

  • Bryan

    Navid,

    Keep crushing it man… You’re an inspiration to us all. Incredible story dude! 2014 is all about creating a real business for me. I’ve realized on the past that I sell with no real direction so it’s a fine tuning type of year! Focus!

    • http://www.navidmoazzez.com Navid Moazzez

      Hey Bryan,

      Thanks for all the kind words, truly means a lot!

      2014 is all about taking SCARY action and living way more out of my comfort zone. 2013 was a good start to get things going, but now it’s about taking things to the next level this year! So yea, let’s focus and stay productive as much as possible!

  • http://marketingaccesspass.com/ Anthony Tran

    So sorry for your lost. And thank you for sharing your personal story. I’m so glad to learn that you emerge a much stronger person. I really appreciate your courage to share and I believe this will send some hope to a lot of people.

    Anthony

    • http://www.navidmoazzez.com Navid Moazzez

      Thanks Anthony, I really appeciate it!

      I’m glad I connected with you this past year and I know that you will crush it in business and life. You have a lot of great things going on for sure!

      Speak to you soon!

      Navid

  • http://www.pickyourgoals.com Pooja

    Hi Navid,

    I’, sorry about your loss, but amazed and inspired about how one can turn pain into passion. You’ve done exactly that.

    That fire needs to be burning inside you if you want to leave your mark, and you’re doing it so well.

    Thanks for sharing this with us so openly.

    Love
    Pooja

  • http://www.SMBstories.com Leland

    Wow! I thought this was going to be something like “I got fired but it motivated me to start my own business” but obviously it is much bigger than that. Thanks for sharing your story.

  • Werena

    This is a very inspiring story. Indeed, you can be an example for many others. However, I think some people have a extra strong personality and others, even by lots of self coaching, will never be able to live their lives as this.. I think that is that particular thing that some people makes to life artists :)

  • Regie

    Hi Navid, I just stumbled upon your posts and this is really inspiring. A lot has happen last year for you. I am determined to replicate your success last year and also compile it in a blog post at the end of this year. By the way I think were “classmates” in ZTL. :)

  • Mike Matt

    Hi Navid,

    I was just about to say what Lee said above. The story is really inspiring. Working my way to success and i wish you luck in yours.

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