We had the good fortune of connecting with Taurai Augustin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Taurai, how do you think about risk?
I think about risk as potential to grow. I believe that certain risks are unique opportunities to put goals and ambitions into perspective. In my own life I have had to take several risks when it comes to my professional career and aspirations. I decided to move to the United States from a much different country and culture in the Caribbean. Although I was able to adapt, I faced continued challenges and surprises. My open-mindedness and ability to learn from others who have thrived in this environment helped me make risky decision that proved to be more rewarding than not attempting them at all. I believe that taking a risk is a test of one’s confidence in a scenario that’s why I believe that practicing and doing research leads to what I call calculated risks. These seem less like risks but are crucial for moving forward. I am intrigued by new things and try to incorporate that in my work, exploring new places and ideas a few times every month. I took a risk moving away from my family to pursuit my dreams and made friends who I would consider family especially in this current climate. I understand the importance of safety and I do believe that at times the cost of a risk produces unfavorable lifelong impacts so pros and cons should be considered. I’ve learned a lot so far about ways to improve since starting my business and I hope to continue to take risks to provide a great service and avenue for the people of this world.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
At this moment, I work in the science field in a lab but I am preparing to attend medical school in the fall of 2021. I am also in training for the 2021 track and field season with the main goal of running at my best, breaking previous personal records. I am very excited about my business and brand called Soukou Productions where the slogan is “Capture the moment, tell the story,” as I believe that it is a great platform to allow people to have a photo or video project created, tailor-made and genuine that really emphasizes the value of their vision. It is not easy by any means balances these activities but the more I schedule, execute and learn the better and somewhat easier it becomes. Along the way I learned that by building key important habits, the most challenging tasks can be broken into very achievable pieces. I would love the world to know that I intend to produce amazing content which will ultimately tie into my lifestyle and goal of treating patients and making the world a better place for us all. I look forward to working with an array of people and putting my best foot forward as an athlete while still feasible.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I have been in this scenario before. Luckily, I live in the Philadelphia area where there is a vast selection of places to go such as local Italian and Caribbean spots such as Caribbean Feast Restaurant and Santuccis. In terms of places to visit, Center City is a must. We would definitely visit some of the historic sites in the city as well as the popular Love Park and Art Museum. For night life Cuba Libre and Concourse are a couple of my favorite spots. About an hour away from the city is this beautiful Pagoda building which has a great view of the city of Reading. A great place to hang out especially with nice weather is Maggie’s near the waterfront. A fun day includes attending a sporting event for one of the many Philadelphian teams and celebrating a victory. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would definitely like to shoutout the St. Mary’s College Secondary School and my Physical Education teacher and club coach Mr. Caroo. He presented me with my initial opportunity to be an athlete and learn the hard way about losses which ultimately propelled me into the hard-working self-motivate athlete I became. My track and field club known as survivors really allowed me to physically prepare for the road ahead. Moving to the United States I received amazing guidance from my former college coaches at Union County College and Holy Family University, The science faculty at Holy Family University played an enormous role in ensuring that I knew what was academically required for me to succeed in college and pursuit my dream career. The athletic department of Holy Family University began publishing my photos from track and field meets and that prompted me to keep getting better and improving on my craft. These are just a few of the experiences and people who I can think about shouting out but I wanted to end by giving a big thanks to my family who however far away never stopped believing in my vision and for God for giving me the strength and resilience to accomplish what I have so far.