Thierno initially sought out my services as a speech-language pathologist, wanting to improve his accent. It quickly evolved to simply, well, friends. Why? Because he is just that kind of guy. You want to be his friend. Here is why.
I greatly admire him and his story. Thierno hit a point in his comfortable career as a Service Manager, in which he realized he was no longer learning and growing and wanted more out of life. If he is not gaining and rather just existing, then it is pointless to continue. Despite the company pleading for him to stay, he made the difficult decision to end his position.
Now striving to better himself was not the only reason for him to make the decision to leave. He is also money hungry. Thierno had no problem admitting this to me and I think it is great! Society often shames us into thinking it is bad to want to be rich, but honestly – who the h-e double toothpicks does not want financial freedom? That is his choice. The third reason he quit his ‘day job’ was because he does not have any dependents; he is young and has the energy to do more with his life. NOTE: In his spare time Thierno loves to travel. He has visited all the provinces of Canada except NFL and the territories! He also loves to read and often offers tutoring at the University of St. Boniface in Accounting, Finances, Math, and more.
What really makes Thierno a fella I want as a friend for life? His contagious, infectious attitude. This guy is a happy magnet. You cannot be with him and not have him bring your mood from mediocre to on top of the (full) moon. After our sessions, I often felt I should be paying him! He is a breath of fresh air, a beam of sunshine, a big hug, a cup of hot chocolate. He is so positive about life in general, you cannot help to feel similar after spending moments with him. He laughs a lot!! And it is not a nervous, sub-clavicle, or frivolous laugh. It is the laugh you would hear from a 6-year-old boy that had just tricked his brother into sitting on a whoopee cushion. It is guttural and highly addictive.
Thierno is a person who when faces a roadblock, views it instead as an adventure, rather than a reason to stop. He cranks the steering wheel to take on what might be a bumpy, winding detour and does so quickly. He makes that decision and sticks with it.
As a reader I am predicting you too had, or still have, thoughts of entrepreneurship. Therefore, I posed the questions to him I know you are asking yourself right now: ‘Should I keep my day job or leave it for my dream job? How do I know when to actually commit to it? Was it a sign from the heavens? Perhaps a little voice inside you, that you couldn’t tame? A dream or spiritual awakening of sorts?’
I wish I could tell you it was all those things and more, but rather, as it was in Thierno’s case, the answer will come to you when you simply ask yourself, “Is this what I want out of life?”. Thierno’s answer was ‘NO’. He also took into account his risk assessment, or what I have my clients ask themselves: What is my risk/benefit ratio? His risk is forever regretting not following his passion, a reason to get up in the morning, a flexible schedule, and doing something that completes him as a person.
He also knew that he identifies himself as a helping person. He loves to help people. His adventure is allowing him to do this, thus feeding his soul. He is also someone that distastes mundane rituals of behaviour. Predictability is boring. He craves flexibility in his day. In fact, when I asked what really drove him to partake in the business adventure, his answer was this, “To do what I want, whenever I want”.