my biography

Hello, my name is Adil Aouad and I am the founder of MySchai. Born in Morocco, raised IMG_1583in upstate NY. 2nd eldest of 4 children, I grew up taking care of my brothers and sister. As the eldest son in a very liberal Muslim family, I was looked on to do a lot.

Throughout my life, I have always been a hard worker when the right incentives were set in front of me. I have held multiple jobs at the same time many times over the course of my life since I was 13 working for my father and a local deli at night. At age 16 I ran my father’s repair shop for the summer while he and my family were in Morocco. At a young age, I understood the meaning of hard work and what it takes to run a business and how to invest in your future.

Throughout high school and college, I was really active. I played football in high school and some in college. Currently, I enjoy intramural sports and powerlifting/bodybuilding.

My personality type is an ENFP, we live a life focused externally, where we take things in primarily via our intuition. We are warm, enthusiastic people, typically very bright and full of potential. We live in a world of possibilities and can become very passionate and excited about things. Our enthusiasm lends us the ability to inspire and motivate others,

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My Dog Brody

more so than in any other types. We can talk our way in or out of anything. We love life, seeing it as a special gift, and strive to make the most out of it.

I ended up going to college for accounting, but only because I didn’t have proper guidance or any idea of what I wanted to do in life. I remembered I took a few accounting courses in high school and liked them, so I chose that as my major. After a few internships and college coming to an end, I came to the realization that this was not what I wanted to do. But it was 2008 and we were living the financial crisis, and even with my experience, it was difficult enough to get a tax job. So, I bounced around for years unhappy with what I was doing until, during a stressful and depressing beginning of 2014, I promised myself that Inull would move forward with my passions and create a company that encompasses who I am.

I eventually found a contract job that was for 3 months that would allow me to leave my salaried job and would not be as strenuous, allowing me the income and time to find my way. Little did I know that they really needed help. 3 months was eventually extended to 6, and before long I found myself there for over 2 years (they kept extended my workload and contract every 90 days). They offered me a salaried job multiple times, but I always declined thinking I would go back to what I wanted to do.

October and beginning of November of 2016 where I would lose four friends in the span of 3 months to February 2017, all 30 and under. That’s when I came to the realization that I can’t allow my fear of failure or loss of income to stop me from being me. I knew

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My nieces and nephew celebrating their favorite uncles (Me) birthday

who I was and what I was about. The only thing left was to create a startup that I could be passionate about, but I couldn’t do it working the hours I was. So, in February of 2017, I made the difficult decision to quit my job. I realized that I would rather live and fail, then be unhappy. Plus, I came to the realization that the worst thing that could possibly happen is I go broke and end up living with my parents, something I would love to not happen, but it could be worse.

After weeks of brainstorming, reflection, and trying to understand who I am and what I was about, I was coming to a point where I was going to give in. But after a conversation with my brother, where he told me “why don’t you just start writing and see where you end up”, and I did just that. Before long I found myself writing a biography on my life that was very detailed and spanned 40 pages. Through my writing, I realized that all my life I had actually enjoyed putting thought to paper, helping people find their way, and trying to understand life’s purpose and meaning. Then I thought, why not blog about life, and as I started to write and think of this new venture, it began to take a life of its own and grow before my very eyes. And before long MySchai was born, and I had found my life calling and purpose.

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