I met Donna McCallum newly returned from Argentina, enroute to Jozi and ablaze with spark for a new project called Fairy Godmother inc. She had been working with Mignon Lotz-Keyser of Peer Power (hit the Bandwidth Barn & check it out if you’re an entrepreneur in Cape Town – it is power!)
Donna makes her own luck like no other, and she helps others tap into their own daring realms beyond corporate slavery or lack of direction/confidence. The heart of her mission is to help those she works with discover their dreams ..and then helps them translate it into practical reality. Don’t let her fairy dust fool you, she brings in the clarity of hard-nosed applied business strategy learnt from her own business successes here and in San Francisco through the dot-com boom. She’s also the powerhouse manager behind Verity, who graced us at one of the 27dinners.
If there was a quote that I believe she embodies it would be this one be Theodore Roethke:
“What we need are more people who specialise in the impossible“
Donna disregards the notion that to be successful in business one should dress the part & appear serious to be taken seriously. It takes a lot of courage & confidence to move in the other direction, to embody the quirkiness of your character, and rock a pair of wings on the back of a finely tailored business.suit, which she pulls off in style.
Success and international recognition have caught up with her and she jets off to Europe to take her workshops to Germany & London. If you’ve ever longingly ached to do something that you think would be utterly absurd, but afraid that you’ll plunge headlong into destitution if you follow your heart.. I recommend a chat with the Fairy Godmother. The world of work is changing and the kind of inspiration and leadership required for the wild times to come will be those who coax us out of the Calvinist work ethic, from tired old Industrial Age hangovers. Donna has exactly the right mix of expertise and fearless character to inspire SA entrepreneurs into action.
She’s also an alarmingly potent networker. She’s just joined us in the blogosphere and on Facebook so get in contact.. and if you’re in London, pop into her workshop & connect with this force for good while you can.
Addendum: just dashed down to St George’s Mall to support the Fairy Godmother in launching the Free Hugs Project in South Africa. Should be hitting Jozi soon.. watch the Facebook group for updates. Oh and watch the clip if you haven’t seen it before, there’s a reason why this thing went viral. Respect for bringing it home Donna!
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