When he was just 20, he was hired as the youngest firefighter in Canada. At the age of 23, to fill his free time off from the fire hall, Taylor got his real estate license. Only the year after, he retired from fire fighting to build a real estate business and went on to quickly become the highest grossing new agent in North America. By the age of 26, Taylor had built the most successful condo sales company in his region and ultimately hit the millionaire mark. He thought that after becoming a millionaire he was set for life and eternal happiness, but his excitement ended the very next day when he began aiming for higher monetary milestones: “I was like, damn! Did I take something I had been working towards for five years and enjoyed it for only 24 hours? From that moment on, I decided that I should rethink how I am doing things, because with this mentality, no amount of money or things will ever be enough.” Looking for fulfillment, Taylor resolved to travel to Africa. The general poverty and large number of orphans that he encountered in Uganda and Kenya changed Taylor’s life forever. At the age of 28, he sold off half of his real estate business and travelled the world for a year to find himself. Back in Canada, Taylor set out on a mission to reinvent fundraising. He sold the rest of his real estate business and nearly everything he owned to get his new company Change Heroes off the ground: a friend-funding platform that enables anyone to raise $10’000 in crowdfunding in order to build a school or library in developing countries. To this date, Taylor fulfilled his goal of making it possible for anyone to have a massive impact on the world. Through his Change Heroes platform, he was able to build over 60 schools and libraries in nine countries for over 60’000 children.
Today, Taylor continues his quest to change the world for the better. He lives a fulfilled life, regularly gives very inspiring talks, and dreams to see people from all over the world become 'Change Heroes'.
Why did you agree to become an Amazer?
Because you are cool guys doing cool things. Period. It wasn't about the site, or the look, or anything aside from seeing that you guys are committed to making this site rock and inspire people all over the world. I think it's just human nature to want to do whatever you can to collaborate with people that have a clear mission and are going for it.
How did you successfully apply your "enough" rule to your life?
Well, it all started in December 2008. I had been working for years at accumulating real estate and building a big business with the dream of becoming a millionaire. I really thought that when I hit that goal I would be proud of myself, satisfied with where I was at, and that I would be happier as a person. Guess what… that all lasted about 24 hours before my mind popped in and wanted to set another goal. I realized that it would never be enough - any goal.
After achieving a few more goals and having the subsequent depression afterward upon realizing that I wanted to just set another higher goal to work toward, I sat down and decided what my "enough" was. Enough cash, enough investments, enough success, enough everything. It was deeply liberating. I committed to being satisfied with my enough, and not trying to make any more from the age 28-32, and that I would revisit it on my 32nd birthday. I am 31 now. I stuck to it despite urges to go after more financial and business milestones. The funny thing is that my enough has actually decreased, and continues to do so. Not to get all woo-woo on ya, but back then, the reason I always wanted more, and nothing was ever enough, was because I didn't think I was enough. My striving for financial goals, wanting to have the coolest truck, the fastest motorcycle, the biggest house... was because I did not feel like I was enough as a person. Once I decided my enough, meaning I stopped looking at what I could do for ME, the immediate reaction was that I started looking at what I could do for the world instead. It was really finding my enough that got me truly started on the path I am on now.
What is necessary to make people understand the need for philanthropy?
That's a big question with a lot of answers. For me, it was the realization that we are all the same. In Canada, the US, Sweden, Norway, Kenya, Cambodia, Ecuador, Haiti... everywhere... we are all the same! If you knew your brother was starving, you would feed him. If you knew your family was living in poverty, you would do whatever you could to help them. Well, 1.2 billion of your family members are living in poverty - extreme poverty. I hope that we all recognize them as our family as soon as possible, and use whatever we are AMAZERS in, to help them.