Kiana Danial founded Invest Diva back in 2012. Her goal was to help stay at home moms generate passive income by investing in the online financial markets. Without being stuck to their screen all day or being a math whiz. And really with only a small initial investment. She’s written books about it, she’s been on TV a number of times to share her wisdom, but it’s really not rocket science. Especially once you know her three secrets to make your money work for you.
Kiana was born and raised in Iran, to a Jewish family. Her dad was a successful engineer and CEO of a construction company. They had a personal chauffeur, maids, the whole deal. Then the Iran-Iraq war happened. Next thing you know, they were on food stamps. Needless to say, Kiana knows what it’s like to work really hard for something, and then lose it all. At eighteen, Kiana’s mom got diagnosed with breast cancer and had to have a double mastectomy. Kiana wanted to make her mom proud.
She applied for an electrical engineering scholarship in Japan, of all places, and got it. There she was, in college, in the middle of nowhere, in a different country, the only girl and the only foreigner in her class. It was tough, but she got her degree, got out, and wouldn’t ya know, ended up hating engineering. To make money, Kiana ended up on a Japanese TV show. In 2008, when the crash hit, she got an idea. What if she used her Japanese yen to buy U.S. dollars, which were plummeting in value at the time?
Bingo. With the help of her host family, she set up a brokerage account and, within a month, had doubled her initial ten thousand dollar investment. It was enough for her to move from Tokyo to the heart of global finance: New York City. Kiana landed a job on Wall Street and quickly realized how shady it was. For example, forex brokers make the most money when traders lose. Ugh, gross. Also, males accounted for ninety percent of all the workforce on Wall Street. This gave Kiana another big idea.
She went to her boss’s boss and pitched it. Why don’t we dumb this down and make it easier for more women to get involved, and change the way things are done on Wall Street, she asked him. Guess what happened next: she got fired. Yeah. Major slap to the face. But now here she was, single, broke, in yet another huge and very foreign city. She locked herself in her tiny studio apartment and started demolishing books on all things investing and trading. Instead of taking another job, she decided to use what she had learned to help out the retail investor.
So that’s how the Invest Diva movement was born. And what she realized was, “Our failures are the catalysts that take us to where we need to be. If it wasn’t for those events: spending seven years in Japan doing what I hated, feeling like I wasted my time, getting fired, et cetera? The Invest Diva movement wouldn’t have become what it is today. That’s the message I wanna share with you. You may have a thousand excuses, but the thing is, only you are in charge of your own happiness. Only you.”
“And the best thing you can do is invest in yourself and find your passion, pour your heart and soul into it, and commit to it. And of course, find multiple revenue streams so that the next time a source of income dries up, you have the ability to survive. I wanna be there every step of the way to help you do that.” Kiana sells a number of info products, including a five day Accelerate Your Portfolio Challenge for two hundred bucks and a Make Your Money Work For You PowerCourse for two grand.