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CPA Spotlight with Tosin Akinwekomi, CPA, CMA

Tosin Akinwekomi CPA, CMA; on staying humble and being inspired by the women in his life

What do you like most about your career? The fact that I’ve been able to set goals, getting lots of support from people and finding ways to achieve those goals.

What trait do you most admire in others? I admire people who have undeniable accomplishments but carry themselves with the utmost class and humility and have a mindset to give and share with others.

What is your greatest extravagance? Probably my wedding 3 years ago – it was a great time; I don’t like to admit it, but it was great to do the things my wife and I wanted! More recently, I built my own basement gym, weights, racks, the whole works. My wife didn’t approve, but I love it!

What is your current state of mind? Hustle hard now. Rest Later!

What do you like most about your career? The fact that I’ve been able to set goals, getting lots of support from people and finding ways to achieve those goals.

If you had one piece of advice for 18-year-old you, what would it be? Relax and be more confident in yourself.

What do you consider your greatest achievement? I’m proud that I was able to run BEAM Inc for 8 years (a not-for-profit that I co-founded and helped run from 2008 to 2016). I learned so much about who I am, what I am able to do, and what makes me different from others. I felt my confidence and leadership abilities improve every single year despite all the mistakes I made, because I had no choice but to get better. That's why I will forever be grateful to my friend Sam, whose idea it was for us to start BEAM.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be? I love the life I have now and hopefully it gets better, but I wouldn’t want to come back! I believe in heaven, so I’d rather stay there.

Who are your favorite writers? Malcolm Gladwell, John Maxwell and I’ve just discovered Tomi Adeyemi, looking forward to reading everything she writes.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be? Foresight. The ability to assess and predict the future, but not necessarily seeing the future. And persuasion! What’s the point of being able to predict the future if you can’t persuade others to do what is necessary to make it happen?! 

Who are your heroes in real life? Heroes are people who have risen above the odds that were stacked against them – and luckily for me, I have so many in my immediate circle that have inspired me. My parents, for making the decision to move us to Canada and starting all over again. My wife, for her resilience, which always inspires me. My sister – her ability to bounce back is world-class. My mentors. Both the ones I have a personal relationship with and the ones I watch from afar.  

What is your motto? I have two. First, GM-in-training. I’m training to be a General Manager, a leader. Everything I do needs to align with that. I’m also training to be a Good Man, and that is a constant, lifelong pursuit. There’s no limit or end to either of the two. Second, to keep it simple – I have to remind myself all the time to focus on what is within my sphere of influence and leave the rest to God and be at peace with that.