What you choose to do professionally is an important decision in your life, since it can have a direct positive or negative impact on your personal life and financial success. It is critical to be satisfied with what you do for a living. You can either choose to do a job or start your own business; both have their own pros and cons. On one hand, the 9 to 5 job can be monotonous and boring for some people. On the other hand, the world of business is exhilarating and demanding, where every day brings a new set of challenges and grooming for success never stops. Though both quadrants have insecurity at every step, people with jobs face the uncertainty of being able to pay their bills, whereas an entrepreneur faces the uncertainty of not only having to pay their bills but also being responsible for the welfare and employment of their employees. Employees and entrepreneurs have different mindsets, live in different worlds, and have different life experiences. Over time, many people with jobs have lived their lives blessing Fridays and cursing Mondays. To them, life is beautiful but mostly only on Saturdays and Sundays. Isn’t life too short to be waiting for weekends?
Peter Thomas, Founder, and Chairman of Thomas Pride International and its affiliates, LifePilot, Dogtopia Enterprises, and including Thomas Franchise Solutions, chooses to live a life filled with passion and purpose. LifePilot is a program that seeks to empower people to live fulfilling, balanced lives and to realize their highest personal potential. Thomas is the Chairman of the Thomas Foundation, founded in 1990 in Canada that supports charities that cater to children, mental health and education, including Freedoms Door, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vancouver, Coast Mental Health Foundation, Power to Be and others. In 2000, he started the Todd Thomas Foundation, a US foundation to help raise awareness of the magnitude of mental illness, decrease the stigma associated with it and support research for effective treatment of all types of mental illness. Thomas believes in not only giving back through philanthropic endeavors but also through mentoring young entrepreneurs. He was one of the founding members of the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) and has been honored by his appointment as Chairman Emeritus. He has been the Chairman of and a Senior Judge at the EO Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) for the past ten years in both Canada and the United States. Thomas continues to serve on its Board of Directors. He’s also a Gold member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and a founding member of L3. Thomas received his L.LD.(H) from Royal Roads University and was also awarded the prestigious National Caring Award, an honor shared with Colin Powell and Laura Bush.