A crowd of almost 250 high performing men and women showed up at 9am on 28th Oct at the ZipZap Dome for SUCCESSness Fest, Cape Town and enjoyed a day packed full of inspiration, motivation, learning, encouragement, mindfulness, comedy, entertainment, relaxation, great coffee in the Catalyst Cafe, awesome food at the 3 on-site trucks, sundowner drinks with live music, dancing with DJ’s, massage and loads of networking and connecting with like-minded souls.
Thank-you to all the 18 amazing speakers in the Main Dome and the coaches in the workshop World. Thank-you all for attending and making it such a blessed day. I think we ALL look forward to next year already:)
Here’s what some of the attendees had to say afterwards:
“I attended the Successness Fest on Saturday and loved every minute from the diverse speakers, to the great venue, as well as the relaxed atmosphere.Hope this continues for many years to come as I certainly will be attending:)”: Sharon
“This has made a difference to hundreds of people’s lives, including mine”: Mike
“It was such an incredibly inspiring day and such an honor to be surrounded by such amazing people who have all achieved so much.I’m sure there are loads more energized, focused and determined people walking the streets today”: Julie
“I used to attend the Leadership Summits held in Johannesburg many years ago. They had interesting speakers and it was quite a polished and corporate event presented at the Sandton Convention Centre. What I really loved more about your event is the holistic approach to leadership/success. Mind, body, and spirit were all integrated. The event had a very “grounded” feel to it. The speakers were accessible, inspirational, and real thereby facilitating the message of success being something very attainable. I also love the varied disciplines”: Sadia
“Thank you for a wonderful experience last weekend. The speakers were insightful, inspiring and thought provoking, the vibe was amazing and you had a great crowd of people. I have passed on some of the lessons I learned (Allen Ambor’s kite flying leadership style, Tim Noakes’ importance of belief) to friends and colleagues and if you have the energy to host another event next year, I can guarantee an even bigger crowd”: David
“I feel like I have re-fuelled and got a whole lot of oxygen put back into my tank. From a personal perspective it was life changing and I have put a part of it into action already. It has made me look at my work in a different light. I hope I can continue to implement what I have learnt this last weekend. Taking a little from each of the speakers and the workshop really helps in getting a plan going forward. Successness is a great concept and I believe will go from strength to strength. Lovely meeting new like-minded people. You really know how to recharge me!”: Simon
“Thank you so much for a most inspirational and uplifting day on Saturday. It was wonderful to listen to a few great stories as well as attend a couple of workshops specifically designed for action. We really enjoyed taking time out to think about the next stage of our lives and it was encouraging to hear what we are supposed to be doing!”: Nina
“What an amazing program – from the speaker selection, venue layout, massage area and the coffee oasis. It was so special for me to be able to take time out of my hectic weekly routine. It was so inspirational, energising and therapeutic”: Ronelle
“Today was formative and transformative. Thank-you for the inspiration and guidance”: David
“I really enjoyed the event. My batteries are fully charged because of it”: Anele
“The organisation and attention to detail was absolutely outstanding. The event overall certainly fulfilled my expectations and everyone I spoke with enjoyed the day.”: Kris
“What a spectacular day and truly inspiring. We came with 5 people from the office and each of them was absolutely blown away: Arianne
“It’s such a beautiful thing to come to an event where there’s like-minded people, where we can all share experiences, where it’s really about findng out that our struggles are not that much different from each other and being in an environment where we can learn from each other and inspire each other”: Karl
“We lost hours of our lives exploring the plethora of rich observations, insights, lessons and a large bucket filled with magical moments. What a privilege to be part of the splendour that was the first SUCCESSness Fest!”: Simon
“I thoroughly -enjoyed it all – the venue was cool, the mindfulness sessions inbetween the talks, the fact that we had so many breaks etc – it all really worked well and I look forward to the next one”: Allison
“Very inspiring speakers and great concept”: Nick
“An amazing gift of learning, reawakening, inspiration and ‘ah-ha’ moments with super like-minded people. Looking forward to a future one.”: Norma
“Truly inspiring, intriguing and real. Am now looking forward to the journey ahead.”: Brian
“I don’t know what you could have done to create a more inspirational, energizing and real festival. It made me proud to be South African.”: Ter
“It was a fantastic event and loved every moment. I can’t wait for the next one”. Brian L.
Above left: Justin Clarke
Above right: Daren Denholm, Stephan Ekbergh
Above left: Tessa Plen
Above right: Steve Cragg
Above left: Nik Rabinowitz, Gary Kirsten, Prof. Tim Noakes
Above right: DJ ReadyD, Claire Mawisa
Above left: Prof. Tim Noakes, Chris Bertish
Above right: Steve Cragg, Gary Kirsten
Above: Dr Eve, Allon Raiz
SUCCESSness FEST is a personal development festival for high-achievers and performers, facing half-time.
What we aim to do with our festivals is to create a transformational experience and atmosphere that delivers all the inspiration, motivation and learning we can in one day – but without all boring that can often seem to go with it!
That means we don’t do them in hotel function rooms, or convention centres but we rather set up tent carnivals and try and lean more towards a Festival feel rather than a ‘speakers’ symposium, ‘leadership summit’ or Ted talk, ensuring attendees not only learn and grow from the talks and interactive workshops but also get ample time to move and dance, participate in immersive mindfulness exercises, go deeper in our conscious conversations, feel pampered with massages and to network and exchange ideas with like-minded individuals.
We also treat the FEST day like a HALF-TIME.
In sport, ‘half-time’ has always provided the opportunity for players on the field to take a short break from the action, to reconnect as the team’s coach offers up a brutally honest review – the good, the bad and the ugly – of the first-half performance and then for the coach to provide the necessary changes, encouragement, vision, strategy and tactics needed to formulate and catalyse the team’s ‘winning’ plan for the second half.
In this ‘game of life’, we too get a natural half-time. But it often comes as a brutal shock to the system. No referee’s whistle for us. In fact, it’s more like a freaking earthquake that hits our life, usually somewhere between the ages of 35 and 55. Physiologically, psychologically and even psychically change is thrown upon us like never before. All of a sudden those secure and solid plates upon which we’d built the first half of our lives start to shake, shudder and tremble. In it’s most extreme form, the half-time whistle can come in the form of death of a loved one, disease or disability to either our own body or mind or that of a loved one, an instant end to one’s financial buoyancy or divorce. So much pain. So much anger. So much regret. So much fear. So much confusion. So much anxiety.
But even for those of us fortunate enough to not experience such a booming siren of half-time as above, we will and do not escape the universal call that firstly ends the first half – we feel our bodies change, we watch our parents age and face their own mortality, we see our kids become independent, we worry whether we have the financial means and enterprise to see out what could be another 45 years, we question the purpose and meaning behind our choice of careers, we have to deal with secrets and demons that have been repressed – and then secondly, beckons us to change sides for the second half, hopefully with a new ‘game-plan’.
Many of us don’t have personal coaches, mentors or guides travelling the path with us. Nor do we seem to have an openly positive affirming culture around therapy and we all just seem to face our own half-time ‘alone’. We put on a brave face, continue projecting that first-half winning attitude and hope for the best, whilst harbouring bucket loads of regret fear, anger, doubt and confusion and no real-game plan to embrace the second half.
That’s why there’s SUCCESSness FEST. It’s the half-time festival where you get to come alongside hundreds of other like-minded men and women and be coached by real-world inspirations, thought-leaders, game-changers, entrepreneurs & entertainers – to help you build your 2nd half game-plan.
Over the course of the day, you’ll be exposed to big life-transforming ideas from some of the most forward-thinking minds in our land as they delve into entrepreneurship, health, well-being, fitness, nutrition, relationships, sex, money, career, vocation, work, spirituality, mindfulness, parenting, parent-caring …and so much more.
Our emphasis at each of the Fests is always to focus on helping men and women who may be slightly stuck in some area of their life, to get unstuck. No-one ‘cracks’ life all the time. Even high-performers! No-one avoids getting ‘stuck’ in certain seasons of life. Life is a complex thing. High performers know this and that’s why they never stop learning and never stop seeking outside inspiration, motivation and insight to keep moving forward on their path through the winding road of ups and down of life.
This is a day that will truly catalyse us to think about the way we want to each live-out the second half of our lives, a day that will provoke, educate, inspire and empower us to continually be open to changing and growing, always seeking to be the best that we can be, so we can continue to live our lives with meaning, joy and abundance.