Hello, my name is Adil Aouad and I am the founder of MySchai. Born in Morocco, raised in 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,
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 I 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
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.