Welcome to Business Innovators Magazine…Please introduce yourself and a brief thumbnail sketch of your background.
RC: Hello, my name is Reginald Canon, I am a native of Haiti, but I’m considered as a citizen of the world. I believe that humanity is my family, and the world is my home. Today, people call me different names, they call me doctor, author, professor, and entrepreneur. I appreciate all these great titles; they describe my value, my accomplishments and the man I become, but who am really I? He is a prodigy orphan. Oh… Yeah! I lost his parents at an early age; my mom passed away when I was six years old and my dad when I was 8. I was the last person my dad talked to before he died and he gave him the best advice ever, saying, ”Son, please become a man of principle, a man of value, and a man of success.’’ I’m a prodigy orphan. Oh… Yeah! Being an orphan and my father’s dying words have been my motivations, and they have made all the difference in my life. I’m not my body, my titles, my possessions, my careers. Who I really am is divine love, and that is infinite.
BI: What would you say is the area in business that you are most passionate about and why?
RC: My mission is to teach, to inspire, to love and to take care of people; teaching, inspiring, loving and caring are what I do best, and I can learn to do better. I seek to learn, for learning is the basis for growth, and growing is the key to living. I seek first to understand, for understanding is the key to finding value, and value is the basis for respect, decisions, and action. This should be my first act with my family, my patients, my clients and my business.
BI: How are you different than your competitors?
RC: As a young orphan, I struggled to survive, I was lonely, sad, devastated, but overall I was in love with life and people. My pain didn’t break me because I was unbreakable, it didn’t stop me because I was unstoppable, but it skilled and transformed me in who I become today. I think that our permanent failure is mainly caused by our inability to know who we really are.
I came from a long way; I could make success happen in my life. I know the way, I took the way, and I can show it to you. I want to help influence the future development of people and organizations. I want to teach others to love and help, to learn and grow beyond their current bounds. I build personal, business, and human relationships by sharing my values, talent, knowledge, and my resources, infrequent little ways.
BI: Please tell me about any recent business accomplishments that you are most proud of and why?
RC: I published a book a few years ago, and I was able to win two awards in 2014 and in 2015 with that book. But most importantly I was able to build personal, business, and human relationships by sharing my values, talent, knowledge, and my resources, infrequent little ways. No matter the situation people were facing, they could be in a wheelchair or a hospital bed and without any hope of survival, they could be on the verge of divorce, or they were unable to complete their schooling or university, or found a job. They could be crawling like a snake, or they have had broken wings preventing them from being able to fly like an eagle, but one thing is certain, regardless of their economic, family, health situation I taught them to have a better life, develop their potential and fly as high as the eagle above any obstacles or constraints they were facing. This was my best accomplishments to be happy by sharing my love and hope to others and to see a bright smile on their face while they’re thanking me.
BI: What Leadership qualities in Leaders do you most admire and why?
RC: I have the ability to serve and inspire people so I can leave a legacy. I live to serve and serve to live. I understand that to rise in life; I have to lift up others. The service that I render with love is the law of life and humanity. To serve is to be in harmony with my fellowmen, with nature and with God. In the world, the circumstances, the power, the riches and the education are used to dominate others. Rich and powerful people think, decide and govern, and the poor, and uneducated people obey and serve. But I don’t use the power and money to govern, but I just serve with all my mind, heart and strength. I am a leader in my family, my community, my country and the world. As a leader, I leave a legacy. I go wherever there is no path, and I leave a trail. I take every opportunity to help and to leave a legacy to my family, my country, and the entire world. True success is not only living a good life, but it is also to leave a legacy, a lifestyle to the people around me and the world.
BI: What has been a key element of your success?
1- My father…my father’s dying words a few moments before he passed out, he called me and then he said, ” Son, please become a man of principles, a man of value, and a man of success.’’ I didn’t want to become a man of success without value. As Albert Einstein said, ”Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.’’
In 2001, I read a scripture in the bible that says, ”But those who trust in the Lord renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.’’(Isaiah 40:31).