Starting off, introduce yourself to us. Tell us your name, job, and two fun facts about yourself.
I’m Leah Zitter. I’m a “globe-trotting” professional writer with a PhD in research. I write on finance technology, which includes artificial intelligence, blockchain, virtual reality, internet of things, and machine learning. For bread and butter, I write on personal finance and general technology.
Two fun facts? I grew up in an extremely closed religious society in Britain – so closed that I got no elementary or highschool education and didn’t even know who the prime minister was (Thatcher). I taught myself in the libraries and went-the-behind-the-doors route for my education and career. In fact, I write on finance with no background in basic math.
What is your current goal that you are working towards?
I’m a single mother with two kids to support. My goal is to parlay my writing/ research skills and experience into a product/ service that will yield passive income. Over the years, I’ve used my research skills to uncover search engines and to test methods for finding hidden writing jobs on what’s called the deep, or invisible, web. That’s 95% of the internet. I’ve started promoting my methods to help freelancers and job-seekers find those hidden and better-paying opportunities. My methods can also help entrepreneurs find hidden clients and direct traffic to their websites.
What is one obstacle in your way of achieving above mentioned goal? And what is your plan in overcoming that obstacle?
I have to be focused. I also have to believe in myself. I tend to be distracted by today’s fascinating news. I also have all these psychological fears of homelessness, money dwindling to the point where I can’t support my children, dreams failing, lapsing into some cognitive decline that will disable me. For the first, I tend to work in public settings to prime my focus. For the second, I recently decided to parlay those fears into articles. Especially with the recession on the horizon, many of us have similar fears and maybe I can spin money off my anxieties while ridding them with research.
Why is your goal so important to you?
I need to support my kids. I want to use my past to transform my future or, put another way, to turn my demons into angels. Or to spin my “mess” into my “message”.
Down the line, I’m working on a book, every bit as innovative as Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, on how people can see through the messages of their cultures. Our cultures shape our brains – influencing whom we marry, how we spend our money, jobs we select, how we see others – our entire lifestyles and morals. Where I grew up, people deliberately hurt themselves and others believing they were holy and good for doing so. All cultures, even healthier ones, have their own aspects of “social pollution”. We want to make the most of our lives, make a difference in the world and really be an individual, rather than be influenced by the group. If the culture forms our brain, as it does, how can we? Over the years, I’ve taught, counseled, interviewed and lived with cult members, terrorists and aspiring terrorists and come to some practical idea that may help us break lose from our society’s ideology. I’ve written my dissertation around that and would like to popularize that into a book. But first I need a following and that’s also why my writing goal is so important to me.
Who is your role model? Why?
I have various role models. They are anyone who has come from severely crippling backgrounds – poor, abused, traumatized etc. – and who overcame these backgrounds to leave an enduring constructive legacy.
What is one cause/issue you think is important to bring awareness to and why?
The fact that we’re more a product of our societies than we realize. At least 60 percent of global terrorism (think of ISIS for instance) comes from people who really believe in the holiness and goodness of their actions. There are no government programs or interventions that address this and therefore we’ll continue to have terrorists who are inspired by their religious/ cultural backgrounds. If persons from such backgrounds could come to realize (you can’t deliberately show them since they are resilient to this) that their group is killing their individuality and harming them, you can make the world at least one percent more peaceful.
On a wider scale, we can apply this to ourselves to look through the messages of our groups so we have more authentic lives – make our lives the way we want them to be not how our group/ cultures says they should be lived.
What is one thing you do to relax or relieve stress?
Walk. Many, many miles. Sometimes talk to myself to figure out the problem while I walk.
Do you have any guilty pleasures? If so, what are they?
Breaking off from work to peek at the news, more specially to peek at the “Donald Trump” news. I find Trumpism and Trump a fascinating enigma – and badly distracting.
Who are your favorite bloggers and what drew you into their blog?
I also follow brain research and news like Neuroscience News . I see the brain as my soft drive. Over the years, I’ve used research on how it works to overcome a highly abusive and stunting background and to thrive in all areas of my life.
Share any links you want to share with the readers, photo or logo if you please, and anything else you want them to know.
You’ll find my LI profile on: https://www.linkedin.com/in/leahzitter/
If you want to know how to find those hidden online jobs, this part of my portfolio may help you: