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Nafis

MARIYAM's NEW NEWSLETTER

published4 months ago
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Hi!

Just six months ago, I was living the ultimate American Dream. I was an engineering senior at Vanderbilt, getting a $72k annual scholarship. I lived with my best friends two minutes across from campus. I had a set social circle where I was treasured and loved. My family was extremely proud of me. To anyone in Uzbekistan or the world, my position was the definition of "success".

Yet, something felt off. Despite being coated in social comfort, I felt very alone. Despite being at a top American uni, I felt I'm not getting anywhere. Despite arranging a perfect life, I felt like my potential is dormant. Despite being the youngest I'll ever be, I felt enslaved to goals that weren't mine.

Although my position was highly privileged, I realized it wouldn't get me where I wanted to go. The conditioning and pressure from Vanderbilt, my family, and my classmates clouded my eyes. With all these voices in my head, I couldn't hear myself.

Leaving Vanderbilt a year short of my graduation wasn't an easy decision. It was a crazy decision. One that most people cannot understand. One that my family and certain friends cannot forgive up to this day. But it was a decision I needed.

I left the US and moved to Georgia (the country). I rented an apartment, found a coworking space and have been obsessively researching this singular question: "How can I be myself for a living?".

"Being myself for a living" is what I believe to be any individual's mission. It's not about becoming wealthy, respected and wanted. It's about becoming all of those by unlocking and monetizing your unique value. It's about discovering and crafting profitable authenticity that turns your life into a continuous celebration of yourself. I sincerely believe this is how to make this world a better place.

I named this venture Real Edu. Every day I will share my findings and insights on life design, habit formation, self-exploration, monetization and tools for "being myself for a living". As always, the emails will be short but consistent.

If "being myself for a living" is of any interest to you (which it should!), I'll see you tomorrow.