American born brand guru and best selling author, Timothy Maurice defines what success really means and shares tips of how to reach it
Timothy and I met at the book launch of Fuelling Futures, a book he co-authored with Tshepiso Phosa, on 10 July 2019. The launch was an intimate affair with media, her family and Jenna Clifford who hosted the event at her studio in Morningside, Johannesburg. I was inspired by Tshepiso but more humbled at meeting the man whose features I have listened to and read for many years. Starstruck, I asked for an interview, three questions to be exact, and this is how it turned out:
Tell us how you define success?
To me, success is about the ability to stay in the moment every day. If you look at yourself five years ago, you are not the same person. Obtaining materialistic things is not success, success is processing and internalising the meaning of where you are now every day. Materialistic things don’t necessarily make you happy, the main thing is that your perspective of your world every day should expand you so significantly that you will start to attract other big moments. With regards to Fuelling Futures, what I saw as success was being in that moment with Tshepiso and unpacking the story in the book.
What experiences have you encountered that made you define what success is?
After travelling the world, I realised that people are not happy with things, they are happy when they are expanded through real moments. At the end of the day, as human beings, we are wired to engage and to touch.
What are your success tips?
Try to silence the noise around you so that you can acknowledge the moments. Try to remove yourself from the chaos so you can know and hear your own voice and what it’s telling you because your internal compass will guide and direct you. Also, take notice of the people around you because your friends and your company is a reflection of yourself. Reach out to people who you look up to, they might not say yes the first time but keep reaching out to them.
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