Perhaps some individuals choose to invest their entire life in a profession before realizing that their true calling lies elsewhere. Yes, developing an interest in a new career is more common than you realize. But possessing the motivation and confidence to make a switch is rare. That is because people fear the unknown and refrain from taking risks. In such circumstances, all you have to do is follow Mehrdad Amini’s mantra of success. The hardworking visionary who is behind Amini Construction says, “Growth can only be accomplished when you step outside of your comfort zone.”
Don’t believe him? Well, Mehrdad Amini has proven that he practices what he preaches.
Mehrdad Amini belongs to an immigrant family and grew up in North Vancouver. From a young age, his life revolved around studies and extracurricular activities such as hockey and taekwondo. However, later on, he obtained a Bachelor’s in Kinesiology from UBC. Even though he graduated at the top of his class, he realized he did not want to pursue medical school as his heart urged him to explore the world of business and entrepreneurship.
Since both his parents worked as engineers, Mehrdad had the knowledge and experience to handle construction projects. Hence, he decided to establish his business based on his natural skills. He also worked for Vancouver Coastal Health as a project manager and was responsible for multimillion dollar tenant improvements for VCH’s healthcare facilities. Due to this experience, he discovered his strengths as a general contractor and as a project manager.
Today, Mehrdad Amini runs Amini Construction, a leading home renovation company in Vancouver, British Columbia. His business is known for renovating dream homes and more. However, the step towards entrepreneurship wasn’t easy since it required running capital and a strong business mind capable enough to deal with any setback. But for Mehrdad Amini, becoming a businessperson was crucial since he could not imagine working under someone in a typical 9 to 5 job. “It took me getting my first real job as an adult to realize that working for someone else cannot only hurt you financially but also mentally,” Mehrdad shares. “I decided to build my own company and found out that being your own boss provides a sense of freedom that cannot be described by words.”
When Mehrdad chose to pursue his dream, he convinced his parents to move to a house that was in an area that he expected to have a larger growth trajectory. He then started renovating their home and managed to sell it within two days over the asking price. With this successful sale, someone proposed that this was the right career path Mehrdad Amini should follow since he appeared to be so good at it. “After someone suggested I start a business, I asked my realtor to give me the contact information of all realtors who had taken clients to see our home,” he informs. “Over 50 cold calls later, one realtor was willing to sit down for an early morning coffee with me to discuss my business plan,” Mehrdad elaborates.
Thus, the proposal for Amini Construction was approved, and Mehrdad Amini put his heart and soul into promoting his business on social media to increase his clientele. The construction company now works on all sorts of projects, both residential and commercial. The success of the business, however, has everything to do with the passion, commitment, and forward-thinking everyone on the team possesses. “Our strategy is simple,” he says. “Treat your clients as though you were the client yourself. How would I want my project to go? How would I want my contractor to treat me? What are my expectations of the workers on my property?”
According to Mehrdad, his experiences in business and life have taught him that everything depends on your mindset and relationships. How you see the world and your life is how it will play out since you attract the energy you put out. “It is also crucial to have the motivation to be successful,” he points out. “So many people doubted my ability to start a business and succeed. But those doubts motivated me to get off the ground and work harder than ever before,” Mehrdad Amini says on a concluding note.