Fireside Conversations: On Passion, Obsession and Success!
Photo Cred: Making Moments: Fireside Conversations | Rupert & Rothschild.

“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” – Nelson Mandela.


Johannesburg, South Africa (27 February 2023) – Last week I attended an incredible event on the rooftop of the Circa Galleria in Rosebank. It was called “Making Moments: Fireside Conversations “and was organised by Rupert & Rothschild.

Chris Weylandt, David Higgs and Ofentse Pitse took to the stage to share their backstories, what makes them tick, what challenges they have faced and what pushes them forward. There were only 40 guests invited – all “industry titans” in their own fields – and the entire concept was to learn from these three exceptional entrepreneurs.

One of the common threads that I found while our hosts were talking was about their passion and love for what they do. They eat, drink, live for and dream about what they do. And yes, this may be a little obsessive, but I could totally relate.

I flipping love what I get to do every day. And it’s a lot. My diary is mental. I actually have no idea how I fit it all in. No day is ever the same. I write. I read. I watch things. I interview people. I go on radio. I stand up and talk to people. I run a business. I go to events. I write some more. Every day is crazy busy.

But I actually do know how I do it.

I have found my passion.

I believe finding your passion is one of the most important steps towards success in life. When you are passionate about something, it fuels your motivation, determination, and perseverance to go the extra mile and push yourself beyond your limits. It drives you to become obsessed with your craft, to continually improve your skills, and to learn and grow as a person.

And becoming obsessed with your passion is actually not a negative thing, although some might disagree.

In fact, I believe that it can be the key to unlocking your true potential and achieving greatness. When you are obsessed with something, you pour your heart and soul into it, and you give it everything you’ve got. You become fully committed to your craft, and you strive to become better than you are every day.

As the great philosopher Paulo Coelho once said, “When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”

When we are passionate about something and strive to become better at it, we don’t just improve ourselves, but we also have a positive impact on those around us.

So here is my advice today: if you’re still searching for your passion, keep looking. You will find it. And when do, embrace it with open arms. Become obsessed with it. Pour your heart and soul into it. And strive to become better at it – and better in general – every day.

You never know where your passion may take you, but one thing is for sure – it will lead you to success and happiness. Well, it certainly has for me (and Chris Weylandt and David Higgs and Ofentse Pitse and those other 39 people at that event).

Ja, that’s it. I hope you find your passion and happiness today.

Okay. Love you. Bye.

Sources: Brent Lindeque | Good Things Guy 
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