Marvel star Simu Liu recently celebrated a very special birthday. Ten years ago, on April 12, he was fired from Deloitte Toronto where he worked as an accountant.
Although getting fired from a job can be an emotionally tumultuous journey, for Liu it proved to be the catalyst for the change he needed.
The Shang-Chi actor and Legend of the Ten Rings took to social media to share his feelings about the life-changing moment.
“Ten years ago to the day I was taken into my managing partner’s office at Deloitte and told they were terminating my employment with immediate effect,” he began his message, which he uploaded on Tuesday (April 12).
The 32-year-old actor described being escorted by a woman from HR and a security guard. “It was so quiet you could hear a pin drop. No one moved, offered a whisper of encouragement, or even looked in my direction. I fought back tears of humiliation, grabbed my things and never looked back.
Liu said that when this happened he thought his life was over and he had “wasted countless time and money that (his) family had invested in (him)”.
He shared that although he is introspective whenever April 12 comes around every year, 2022 was a special year as it was the tenth anniversary of the day that changed his life.
He described spending four of those years ‘running around like a headless chicken’ figuring out how to break into the entertainment industry while battling credit card debt, then another three years using up his savings. to succeed in Hollywood.
“It’s really only been in the last three years that everything I’ve done has started to pay off.”
“My God, what an amazing journey it’s been,” he said.
Liu admitted that luck “played a big part” in his success, but he insisted he always found a way to “find purpose and meaning in the pursuit of success” in his own words. he hadn’t been cast in what he described as “life-changing roles,” likely referencing the comedy series Kim’s Convenience and Marvel hit Shang-Chi.
He ended his note by “sincerely, honestly” thanking the folks at Deloitte Toronto for firing him all those years ago. “You did for me what I never had the courage to do myself; you destroyed a life i was building for someone else, so i could finally start building a life for myself.