Crossing the Desert: A Journey from Oppression to Opportunity

In the vast expanse of the human experience, there are stories that inspire, stories that resonate across borders and cultures, and stories that remind us of the power of resilience in the face of adversity. Payam Zamani’s journey is one such tale, chronicled in his book “Crossing the Desert: The Power of Embracing Life’s Difficult Journeys.”

At the tender age of sixteen, Zamani found himself fleeing his homeland of Iran, escaping brutal religious persecution. His parents, desperate to secure his safety, entrusted him to smugglers who guided him across 1,500 miles of unforgiving desert terrain. It was a perilous journey marked by uncertainty and danger, yet fueled by the hope of a better future.

Arriving in America as a refugee, Zamani embarked on a path filled with challenges and opportunities. Armed with nothing but a dream and an unwavering determination to succeed, he forged ahead, undeterred by the obstacles that lay in his path.

Twelve years after his arrival, Zamani achieved a remarkable feat: he and his brother launched a billion-dollar IPO, a testament to their entrepreneurial spirit and vision. However, his triumph was short-lived as his company became a casualty of a Wall Street culture and meltdown, plunging into financial turmoil along with countless others.

Yet, true to his resilient nature, Zamani refused to be defeated by adversity. He forged ahead and ultimately founded One Planet Group which now owns multiple companies with employees in eleven countries. His story is a testament to the power of perseverance, resilience, and the unwavering belief in the possibility of redemption.

In “Crossing the Desert,” Zamani shares not only his personal journey but also the valuable lessons he learned along the way. Drawing upon his own experiences, he offers insights into navigating life’s challenges, overcoming setbacks, and embracing the journey with courage and conviction.

The book serves as a source of inspiration for anyone facing difficult circumstances, reminding readers that even in the darkest of times, there is always hope. Zamani’s story is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the transformative power of perseverance.

Readers interested in Zamani’s profound insights can look forward to his interview on June 16th, when he will appear on’s “Books That Make You” show, hosted by Desiree Duffy. The interview will air at 8 and 11 Pacific time and is sure to provide a deeper look into Zamani’s experiences and the writing of his book.

“Crossing the Desert” will be released on June 18th, but eager readers can pre-order their copies now at Pre-ordering ensures that you receive the book as soon as it’s released and supports the author’s work in bringing this inspirational story to a wider audience.

As readers journey through the pages of “Crossing the Desert,” they are reminded that life is a series of trials and tribulations, but it is also a journey of self-discovery and growth. Through adversity, we discover our strength; through challenges, we uncover our resilience. And through the desert of life, we find the courage to keep moving forward, one step at a time.

As Zamani himself aptly puts it, “In the desert of life, there is no map, no compass, only the relentless sun and the endless horizon. But it is in the midst of this vast emptiness that we discover our true strength, our true purpose, and our true selves.”