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Judging myself contextually on the way to greatness…

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.

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Richmond Sajini is a musician and media entrepreneur in the public relations, television, radio and retail spaces in South Africa. He studied Public Relations and Communication at the University of Johannesburg and has worked on brands such as Coca Cola, Tsogo Sun, Heineken as well as the South African National Roads Agency. He has been told to shut up many times by people who don’t understand that he is in love with the sound of his own voice. For this reason he decided to start his own blog where he would share his thoughts and experiences without inhibition. Visit his blog, www.randomramblings.co.za and follow him on Twitter @richmondsajini.

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  1. wordsaremylifelove

    Wow this great and inspiring for me who had been engulfed by the corporate per suit. I too see that it is possible to live my passion. Thank you for the inspiring words. My favourite line from you is namaslay. As I take positive energies from you and I learn to namaslay!

    • Richmond

      Namaslay is Motlatsi’s word. A great way to start the day with motivation. Thanks so much for your comment and all the best with your journey. :-)

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