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Simu Liu celebrates a difficult but deeply significant life event.
Liu took to social media on Tuesday to mark the 10th anniversary of a significant crossroads in his personal and professional experiences. The ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ actor was fired from his job as an accountant ten years ago.
“Ten years ago to the day, I was led into my managing partner’s office at Deloitte and told they were terminating my employment effective immediately,” Liu wrote on Tuesday. “A lady from HR and a security guard walked me out onto the floor in front of the whole open plan office.
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“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’s life crumbled around him and it took seven years of rebuilding to really move forward and progress.
“Ten years ago I thought my life was over,” he said. “I had wasted countless amounts of time and money that my family had invested in me. Years of education, gifted programs, trying to meet my parents’ expectations. It all fell apart in an instant. »
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“I spent four of those years running around like a headless chicken trying to find a way to break into the industry, battling credit card debt and taking any job I could get. Another three years were spent trying to break into Hollywood, sinking my precious savings into something many would call a pipe dream. It’s really only been in the last three years that everything I’ve done has started to pay off.
Liu ended his trip down memory lane by thanking his former employees.
“To Paul Gibbon and Deloitte Toronto offices; sincerely, honestly, THANK YOU,” Liu concluded. “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.