Forward Nevada is fortunate to have mail forwarding clients with a variety of backgrounds. Some work from home; others live the RV lifestyle; still, others appreciate the tax-friendly climate of Nevada, using our services to establish their business here.
Because we are fortunate to work with customers of varied backgrounds, we wanted to take some time to highlight them on our blog. This month, get to know Forward Nevada customer, Alan Oken, founder of The Wisdom of Astrology.
1. Tell us the story of your business… how you got started and most importantly why you started it.
Since I was a boy, I knew that there was a relationship between the visible and the invisible and felt this had to do with the relationship between heaven and earth. At 13, I was studying astronomy both on my own and at New York’s Hayden Planetarium. But the physical side of things only addressed part of my quest as the other part I later found out was metaphysical in nature.
At 23 years of age (1967) I found myself dropping out of a Ph.D. program in Romance Languages at New York University and roaming the aisles at a nearby metaphysical bookshop. I had come across astrology and it changed my life.
I realized that many other people were also searching for their relationship between heaven and earth and found that through reading their horoscopes, I was able to help them answer many important questions and also through this ancient craft, be supportive of other people’s lives. It is now 50 years later and I am 73 and still studying both the heavens and the earth.
2. What problem does your business solve for people?
So many: from when to get married to when to buy or sell a house; who to employ for a given task in a business; what is the nature of one’s spiritual path; the natural life orientation of a newborn child, etc.
3. What is your favorite thing about being in business for yourself?
4. What is the biggest mistake you’ve made in business and what did you learn from it?
Not being clear about personal boundaries; I learned greater self-worth and how to love while at the same time knowing when and how to say “no” to a situation that was not mine to enter.
5. What would one piece of advice you give to people interested in pursuing a career in your industry?
Study, train with older, and experienced astrologers, and study some more!
6. How has Forward Nevada helped your business?
It allows me to live in many countries while still keeping the practical side of my home base stable; the ability to have a fixed USA address even when I spend a great deal of time outside of the USA.
If you’re interested in learning more about Alan, you can find him at www.alanoken.com or drop him an email.
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