Season 3, Episode 4 – Pressure Cooker – Naz Behesti

Welcome back to another episode of the True Fiction Project Podcast! This week I enjoyed speaking with Naz Beheshti, author of the book, Pause. Breathe. Choose. and CEO of Prananaz, a corporate wellness company that improves leadership effectiveness, employee well-being, and company culture. First, Naz discusses her experience working with Steve Jobs and the valuable lessons she gained as his Executive Assistant that set forth the trajectory of her life. She shares the importance of a holistic approach to well-being, with a focus on rest and recovery. Naz provides several beautiful examples of how well-being drives success.

The episode ends with the short story, Pressure Cooker, by Logan Rose. Listen as we follow a woman who lives with intention, practices self-care, and nourishes her body and mind everyday life. In order to do well, you must be well to escape the “pressure cooker” of life.  


[2:02] Naz shares her experience with her first job working for Steve Jobs.
[4:36] Is it a misconception that Steve Jobs was hard to work for?
[7:04] Why do we need multiple areas of interest/activities to be successful?
[11:30] How was Naz’s definition of healthy actually unhealthy?
[13:34] Naz explains her philosophy about “doing something you love every day.”
[17:58] What are Naz’s thoughts on children having over-packed schedules that limit boredom?
[19:57] For a successful CEO, is this a CEO who is naturally attuned to play and recover, or does that have to be taught?
[21:25] How does Prananaz work?
[22:55] How was Steve Jobs so attuned to his own personal well-being?
[25:43] How did Naz find her Exec Admin role with Steve Job as a complete accident?
[28:58] A short story Pressure Cooker by Logan Rose 

  • Well-being drives success. In order to do well, you must be well. Your body, mind, soul, and spirit must constantly be re-booted to be well-rounded and successful.
  • Play and recovery help you show up as your best self. Think of something that makes you happy and is fun; make that activity a standing time/practice in your week. This should be non-negotiable and something you consistently do.
  • Boredom invites creativity. When bored, you often find something to fill the time that brings you great joy. Take the time to get bored, get quiet, and discover what fills your cup. Life is a pressure cooker; it never slows down, so create play and well-being to control your life. 

Story written and read by: Logan Rose

USA Today bestselling author Sonali Dev writes Bollywood-style love stories that explore universal issues. Her novels have been named Best Books of the Year by Library Journal, NPR, the Washington Post, and Kirkus. She has won numerous accolades, including the American Library Association’s award for best romance, the RT Reviewer Choice Award for best contemporary romance, multiple RT Seals of Excellence, has been a RITA® finalist, and has been listed for the Dublin Literary Award. Shelf Awareness calls her “Not only one of the best but one of the bravest romance novelists working today.” Sonali lives in Chicagoland with her husband, two visiting adult children, and the world’s most perfect dog. Find more at

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