Remember that “I always knew I was destined for greatness” line that Oprah said during her interview with Barbara Walters many moons ago? That line has been my reality for as long as I can remember. It has been a great source of motivation because it set me up and was a constant reminder that since I believed it, I had to make it happen. It gave me something to work towards.
However, greatness is very relative. Relative to who you are, where you are from and what you are used to. After slaving off in the corporate environment last year, I knew for sure that it wasn’t really my thing, so I had to leave. However for some, greatness is in being in that world and excelling.
Though I was doing exceptionally well (you can call my ex-boss and ask her), the environment wasn’t Richmond. The time dedicated to the cause did not allow for me to pursue anything else and I eventually felt stifled and miserable. I have learnt that many creatives feel this way in the corporate world or any job that requires for them to be bound to a desk for eight hours a day.
What I am learning right now is that while I feel like I am in between (pursuing entrepreneurial passions slowly but surely), I have actually achieved quite a lot when I judge myself based on my context. Being from the rural mining background that I am from where no one ever even thinks of leaving.
Since leaving my full time job, I have been able to fully immerse myself in my other passions. I co produce a talk show called Assertiveness and I am a co-host on a radio show called Couch Sessions. Both platforms have given me the opportunity to be in the media industry and use my voice to talk about youth issues – something that I have always been passionate about.
I have been able to pursue my music professionally and even work on a stage production for my show which will be on Mother’s Day. And soon, myself and a team of magical ladies will be launching a new platform for African women. We have set the daunting goal of it being one of the biggest platforms to come out of Africa.
It can be easy to overlook the little moments of greatness when you are in pursuit of one major moment. I am learning that every now and then, I need to pause from looking at the people who are where I want to be and acknowledge my own success in the context of my journey. I have done quite well and there is more to come.