Interview with Robert [email protected](robertgauvreau)
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
As a business student in University, I was very aware of the significant volume of people who were going to be graduating with the same degree as me, not only from Trent University (where I attended) but across the world. I spent some time reflecting how I could differentiate myself from my peers, and identified finances as a great option. Specifically, I decided to head into the public accounting world. Why? Accounting and business finances were interesting to me, and I seemed to naturally understand them. Also, it was an industry filled with an old stereotypical group of people who lacked personality and creativity. It was a perfect opportunity to bring some fresh light to the industry and shake things up a bit.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
Back in 2016 I received an interesting phone call from the office of Tony Robbins. Tony and his team were looking to build a team of ‘Global Accounting Advisors’ to help support the attendees of his business mastery event by helping them understand their numbers and save tax money. The phone call I received was because I was recommended to Tony’s organization as a great partner to join as the Canadian Partner of the Global Accounting Advisors. Who could say no to an opportunity to work with one of the greatest business speakers in history. I worked with Tony and his team for a few years, and it was an incredible experience, once that brought significant value back to my team of professionals and our ability to grow and scale our operation across North Americal.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?
To not give up
None of us can succeed without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
4 pieces of advice to colleagues in my industry to avoid burnout and continue to thrive:
1. take your big vision and break it into small, daily goals/tasks. Burnout happens when you increase your efforts over a period of time and do not generate increased results. By having daily goals that you can accomplish, you can achieve momentum. Momentum defeats the feeling of diminished results.
2. Protect your sleep – the body and the mind need rest. Without the proper rest, we aren’t able to fully recover, and perform at our highest level
3. Exercise – our body and mind needs movement to keep us strong and full of energy. Without energy, we are susceptible to burn out.
4. Take a break – we all need to check out from time to time. It allows us to clear our minds and think about other things. Taking a break allows us to remember how much we value what we do, and start to think more creatively about how we can do things differently.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I have had the great pleasure to share with many the keys to my success. I currently run a business coaching program called ‘Million Dollar Year’ where I teach small business owners how to achieve financial freedom through financial mastery. This allows me to guide and mentor business owners to help them achieve next level results. To me, my greatest impact in the world is to support mission driven entrepreneurs to maximize their results and impact. Together we can change the world.
From a community perspective, I am very proud of my team @Gauvreau Accounting Tax Law Advisory who continue to contribute funds, time and resources back to our community to help incredible causes such as mental health, poverty, financial literacy in our youth, health care, and so much more. We continue to strive to be a major contributor to community advancement, which will only continue to reach new heights as we grow and scale our team.
Do you have a favourite “written Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
“By far the best investment you can make is in yourself” – Warren Buffett. Since 2008, I have invested heavily in becoming the best version of myself, both as a finance professional, and as a leader and CEO. There is no greater return on investment than investing in what I am capable of achieving. This has afforded me the opportunity to work alongside some of the worlds greatest entrepreneurs and business coaches including Gary Vaynerchuk, Tony Robbins, Grant Cardone, Kevin O’Leary and many more. The ability to learn from others how to achieve outcomes faster is one of the greatest ways to accomplish great things, and to do so in less time. To me, this is the meaning behind ‘you need to spend money to make money’. And I live by it.
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