A Memorable Meeting With An Inspiring Individual

Last Sunday, I was sitting with my partner by the fire in a rather quiet and relaxed Tim Horton’s on the first really cold and windy day of an otherwise unseasonably balmy December in downtown Toronto. It seemed like everyone who wasn’t either staying in the warmth of their homes, visiting family and friends in or out of town or basking in the sunshine at a vacation resort was braving the crowds at the mall taking advantage of the Boxing Day bargains.

A young man approached us and politely asked if he could occupy the comfortable seats across from us. He was carrying a knapsack and a rather heavy-looking duffel bag. As he sat down, we struck up a conversation with him. He told us that he was on his way to Ottawa to visit with his girlfriend. We asked about his work and he proceeded to share his interesting and inspiring story.

He told us that he had applied and been accepted to the top medical school in Canada. Instead of becoming a doctor, he had chosen, despite some familial discouragement, to pursue his dream of being an entrepreneur. Two years ago, he cofounded a marketing firm that currently has 5 employees and a growing roster of start ups both in Toronto and Vancouver. He has also been taking courses to ensure that he stays on the leading edge of the technology that impacts both his business and his start ups. In the new year, he plans to start a venture capital firm that will focus on micro-financing small Canadian businesses, one of a handful of Canadian firms that are now doing this.

While I am often loath to do this, I could not resist the temptation to ask him his age. When he told me that he was 27 years old, I remarked that he had  wisdom, maturity, business acumen, leadership and professionalism far beyond his years. He shared with us that he is currently running the business on his own as his business partner is in his first year of law school at Canada’s top law school. While his business partner is fully committed to the business, most of the day to day running and growing of the business falls on his shoulders.

It would be an understatement to say that we were greatly impressed and inspired by this individual. When we reflected on the conversation, we agreed that he had shared and taught us a great deal about what is new with start ups and millenials and we in turn had provided the gifts of experience and encouragement. This conversation has given us both momentum and motivation to make the remainder of this holiday season not only one of caring, connection and conversation but also one of prosperity, production and partnership.

We want to express our gratitude and best wishes for a successful year to Chris, a very interesting, informative and inspiring individual.

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The Motivator Minute is written by "The Motivator" who for the past 17 years has been a motivational and leadership coach for business, life and career. She offers her international clientele a creative approach to coaching, training and promoting. Her greatest strength is that she gives her clients her energy, enthusiasm, knowledge, experience, a commitment to their success and an abundance of creative ideas. She is a coach, leader, facilitator and motivational speaker who supports, encourages and motivates individuals to make positive and lasting changes in their personal and professional lives. She specializes in working with entrepreneurs who want to achieve greater success through increased business and personal visibility and credibility; with individuals who are experiencing career and life transitions and with an organization’s leaders so that they can do and be their best on the job and in their lives. Please note that all material on this blog is original and copyright protected. Copyright 2011 The Motivator All rights reserved.
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