Life is an Adventure
By Stephane Leblanc, Founder and CEO, International Centre for Conscious Leadership
After having lived five decades, I can declare with certainty that life is quite an adventure.
When I reflect on all the joys and sorrows of my life, I can appreciate every single high and low and every turn that I have taken on the journey of my life.
I have realized a long time ago that control is an illusion. As much as we would like to believe that we can control our life, we actually have no control over what happens in our life. The only thing we can really control is how we react to what happens.
When I was young, I wanted to be a pilot. I went to military college and was selected within hundreds of candidate to be a pilot. After one year of attending military college, I started to wear glasses. My career as a pilot in the military was over before it started. After overcoming my sadness, I chose to leave military college and pursue a career as an Engineer.
At graduation from Engineering school, I chose to pursue a career as a management consultant. As it was the recession in Montreal at that time, I was asked to go work in Western Canada as part of an insurance project. As I was more of a manufacturing guy, I was not so excited by the insurance project and I chose to leave my job after 3 months of moving out west.
I drove back across Canada to Montreal without a job and without knowing what would happen. Within a month, I found a new job as a program manager for a large aerospace company which was quite exciting due to my passion for aviation. I pursued a long career in that company and over the years I rose through the ranks from a program manager to a senior executive leading a team of 3000 people and managing a business unit with revenues of 2.5 billion $. Over my career, I built over 1000 business jets for the wealthiest people in the world.
After 23 years at that company, I was fired because I no longer fit in the culture which has a strict focus on cost cutting. The day I was fired was a very sad day for me. I felt like a victim of the system. I was not wise enough to realize that this happened because life had something else planned for me.
I went to work for a another large company as a vice president of operations and I accomplished a major turnaround. After only 15 months, I was fired again. Again, I was sad and felt like a victim.
Then one day, it dawned on me. I was clearly meant to be doing something else. Life wanted me to contribute in a different way.
Over the years, I had developed quite a passion for transformation and for helping leaders grow into their full potential. This was what I loved the most about my job and I would have loved to be doing this full time but I was worried I was not good enough to be doing this full time.
Two years ago, I finally gained the courage to pursue my life mission and I created my own organization to be a catalyst for the transformation of leaders and the rise of consciousness around the world. and I am having a blast.
Being an entrepreneur has not been an easy rise but there is nothing else I would rather be doing. Life has brought me a lot of challenges so I could overcome them and grow. It has also brought me so many wonderful people to help me on my journey.
My life is quite an exciting adventure and I love it.
Are you embracing your life as an adventure?