Today I happened across a new programme on SABC 3 specifically targated at men -Zooming in On Men. It's on every Sunday at four thirty in the afternoon, and specifically targets a male audience. Some of the topics presented range from male notions of masculinity to fashion, leisure sports, relationships and so on. One of the guests today was Johnny Klegg (nick-named the White Zulu), academic turned singer/song-writer. And the topic was success, how they perceived it, what it meant to them and how they had achieved it. I found the interview with Johnny Klegg most interesting. He is an unusual individual and very talented. He was not afraid to take a risk, leaving the security of a paid job and some might say a secure career path to pursue his dreams.
He says that for him, success is about meaning, what things mean to you and how you fit it into your life. Essentially you have to define what is important to you, what makes meaning to your existence and then you begin to work towards actualising it. Johnny Klegg believes that it is important to rely on your inner voice, your instincts. Ask yourself ''how much do I want to do this and be this?'' In other words, you need to be very realistic and honest in answering these questions. He also was very emphatic about success not being about financial wealth. The programme ended with the presenter reading out Ralph Waldo Emerson's poem titled, ''What is Success''. Very relevant to anyone in pursuit of success in my view.
This interview and Emerson's poem reiterate what was said by all the guest speakers at the WOW training sessions. You are your greatest resource. You have to define your dreams. You have to make your own success. The road to success begins with you.