Today’s Notable Young Entrepreneur is business and life consultant Uriel Light, who implements a strong charitable component to every aspect of his work and is recognized as Canada’s all-time record holder for charity sponsorships with over 3,600. We caught up with him to find out what inspires his career and where he sees himself in five, 10 and 20 years…
Describe what you do in less than 140 characters. Go.
I influence others to approach life from a conscious perspective, whether it’s a prospect, a coworker, or a family member. I am also a business and life consultant where I help people believe in themselves.
What was the inspiration for your career route?
My inspiration for helping charities came from my roots in Jamaica, where poverty is high. I recall hearing stories of my parents walking for wood; this stuck with me and I felt I was given a chance to make a difference not only through sponsorships, but in the lives of over 1,000 trainees by implementing self-development strategists.
My inspiration for launching Myxtique Inc. came from a self-development concept where my team and I help individuals and companies to take a conscious approach to life and business. Our slogan is, “Where Everything Becomes Easier.” We truly believe life is easy once one understands the art of consciousness.
What is the most memorable milestone in your career so far?
Visiting my two sponsored kids in the Dominican Republic and receiving a personalized letter from the CEO of World Vision, David Toycen, thanking me for helping over 3,000 families in developing countries. Being recognized as the all-time record holder for charities in Canada means a lot; it shows my work wasn’t in vain.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years, 10 years, 20 years?
Good question. My main purpose in any time frame is to create an impact at a conscious and self-development level. This is my purpose, so it’s forever a part of my life. My team and I believe in people. We are creating a charity concept, so I see myself doing lots with charity.
Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
Yes, we all need someone to look up to. Find a mentor; you can even be mentored from afar, whether it’s through books, audio, video or music. In life we have free will, but we also have a purpose to carry out. Study greatness. Study the people who have done it before you. Here is my best advice: research. Researching is a part of consciousness. It reveals answers to how things can be done.
Do you support any charities? If so, which one(s) and why is it (or they) important to you?
Yes, World Vision and Plan Canada are the charities I have donated to long-term, but I have given to many other charities such as the Canadian Red Cross. (Read question two for the importance).
What is one major challenge that you’ve had to overcome in your career? How did you overcome it?
I was always good with people, but I had to learn the art of marketing. This was very challenging at first. I had a mentor who introduced me to Tony Robins and Zig Ziglar. I started to study the work of these men, but it was Earl Nightingale’s audio, The Strangest Secret, where I learned the way you think has everything to do with your success. After this, everything became easier.
What does the word notable mean to you?
A recognition of one’s efforts and dedication to the cause they are passionate about. An honour of appreciation for making a positive impact.
Where is your favourite place to wine/ dine in your city and why?
Honestly, I don’t eat out too much. I always find myself at Bali and Beyond. It has a spiritual vibe and the owner is pretty cool.
What’s the most visited website on your Internet browser?
Other than the social media sites and my own websites, I would say apple.com.
Who’s one person you think everyone should be following on social media?
What’s your favourite cocktail?
I usually don’t drink.
What gives you the greatest FOMO?
Not living my purpose.
What would be your last meal? And don’t hold back…
Tough to say as I am now a vegetarian. Brown rice with kidney beans, veggies (of course), Jamaican yellow yam, and any Caribbean fish.
What’s your guiltiest pleasure?