You’re going to so enjoy this interview with Tom Ashbourne. Until 2013, Tom was a VP of Finance for Scotiabank, one of Canada’s largest banks. After Tom’s retirement, and with some urging from his wife, Tom catapulted to international fame as a gifted sculptor who creates beautiful stone pieces. In his sculpting, he has found both his passion and himself.

Tom has received numerous honors and awards, including being an elected member of the prestigious Sculptors Society of Canada, the Ontario Art Society, and the Society of Canadian Artists. Tom was nominated by UK’s DESTIG magazine in a special feature on Toronto as one of the best artists of 2020. Tom was recently invited by the Florence Art Biennial to show his work in Florence, Italy. He’s also featured in World Biz Magazine as one of 30 artists to collect in 2021. Most recently, Tom was juried into the London England Art Biennial. In other words, Tom has become a big deal in the art world.

In this episode, you’ll find out how Tom used the same set of skills, interests and thoughts to create both the financing career he loved and the sculpting career that has become his passion and focus.

Tom has a generous spirit and his wisdom rings through this interview. I’d recommend you grab a pen and paper and take notes. If you adopt even some of the thoughts and approaches Tom shares, your sense of what is possible will expand. You’ll come away with a broader (and more joyful!) concept of what it really means to invest in yourself.

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I’m a former international tax lawyer and senior partner with Ernst & Young. I left the law in 2014 to learn how to paint. After a couple years painting and selling my work, I became passionate about helping other people who feel stuck in their careers and lives and want to feel more personally fulfilled, invigorated and soul connected. I now spend my time painting, coaching, and creating live events at the George Russell Academy of Creative Expansion in beautiful Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada.