In high school, I was a hockey player with dreams of playing in the NHL. But at 18-years-old, I didn't get drafted to the NHL and I had no idea what to "do with my life." My parents, teachers, and guidance councillors said, "Eric, you're good at math, so you should be an engineer." I listened and went to the University of Waterloo to study mechanical engineering, even though I had no idea what an engineer actually did.
After graduation in 2006, I got a job in a small engineering consulting firm in Thunder Bay, Ontario. I bought a house, a nice car, and moved up the corporate ladder. People told me I was living the dream. But I wasn't happy.
Four years after graduation, I decided to sell my house, car, and everything I owned, quit my job, and buy a one-way ticket to Istanbul. I ended up backpacking around the world for 2.5 years.
I backpacked through Syria, Ethiopia, India, China, Cambodia, Australia, and everything in between. When I returned to Canada, I moved to Montreal after falling in love with a woman from Quebec along my journey.
I returned to engineering but I knew it was temporary. My round-the-world adventure helped me realize that I needed to start doing work that fulfilled me.
I took part-time creative writing classes and started a blog called the Year of Fear. I walked over 400 km from Montreal to Quebec City, just for fun. I learned to speak French. I earned a Personal and Professional Coaching Certification from Concordia University. I created an online course called The Breakup Challenge and helped hundreds of people move on from tough breakups and divorces. I taught a career and life skills course to Indigenous adults in Northern Ontario. I rode my vintage bicycle over 800 km from Montreal to Kitchener.
And now I'm here. I've found my calling as a motivational speaker, youth workshop facilitator, and career development coach. I want to inspire people to live authentically, challenge their fears, and live lives of their own design.
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