Stefan Aarnio — oh my. When I first met this young man, all I could think was, thank goodness I didn’t give birth to him! Ouch, right?But over the last couple of years I have watched Stefan Aarnio grow to become one of the most intriguing characters in the real estate investing industry. We first saw Stefan at a Profit in the Prairies event in Regina a couple years ago. He was aloof and disinterested at this event, but I always say that you may not be able to respect a person’s character, but you have to respect their knowledge. With this in mind, Rochelle and I signed up to check out Stefan’s two day event. Took a bit, but we finally got into the Calgary event. So, off Rochelle and I went, questioning our sanity the whole way.
We were in for an awakening.
When we went to the event, I will openly admit I was there with a chip on my shoulder. Figured I might pick up a couple of good work tips and probably nothing more. It had been quite awhile since we'd last seen Stefan in person, but it took us no time to realize that this was not the same Stefan we had first met. What a pleasant surprise. Here stood a young man who impressed me.
He taught me one of my most valuable life lessons.
I've always had drive, passion and goals, and what I thought was my "why". Stefan told his story and his “why” of life that he draws determination and grit from. Then he asked us to define a moment in time to draw strength from. I remember two moments hitting me like a ton of bricks. I will never let those moments happen again. I wear two bracelets on my wrist that put me back into those moments when I need to draw from my “why” and need strength when I don’t think I have any left.
Stefan may do things very different from how I do them, but that’s what being an entrepreneur is all about. Adding your flair to things and making a living while doing it.
~Epic Girl Alisa