Coach Olighton is an award-winning life coach. He is also a qualified careers advisor who specialises in helping people turn their passion into a profession. With nearly a decade of helping people turn their ‘light on’, he offers a proven way of showing individuals how to follow their passion effectively.
"I was born into a typical African family, where to be successful you have to be a doctor, lawyer, engineer or you’re a disgrace to the family."
"So, I had to study mechanical engineering and that’s not something I was passionate about but eventually, I finished the degree but I did not take a career in that direction. I decided to follow my passion and it’s been a beautiful journey since then."
'Follow your passion' is cliché isn't it
"It’s a controversial topic as well. Some people are against it some people are for it but I think if you want to follow your passion you have to be strategic about it. There are few things you must consider if you want to be successful in following your passion. It’s not just your passion you also have to find out what you’re good at because you can be passionate about something and not be good at it."
The lowest of the low
"I’ll have to say it was when I finished my University degree and decided not to follow the engineering path. I was met with a lot of challenges from family. I had financial challenges as well."
"I was conscious of the fact that I needed to follow my passion to be fulfilled in my life’s direction. So, that was a really big time in my life that I consider a low point because it was quite challenging."
The moment it all changed, the light bulb moment
"It was a process. I just gathered different ideas and eventually, the epiphany took place and I went woah, I can actually do this. I had some conversations as well, to be questioned and to ask questions, by having such conversations I was able to have that pow moment."
What’s got you buzzing right now?
"It’s my book, I’m so excited. I just wrote a book and I’m going to be launching it in August. So that’s the big project at the moment, looking forward to that."
What is the best African saying you’ve ever heard?
I have got two for you. The first one is:
It takes a village to raise a child
and the second:
The dullest pencil is more useful than the sharpest mind
What was holding you back from building your brand?
Ignorance and fear. Not really knowing what to do, what steps to take, what my passion is in the first place and fear was also another thing that held me back initially.
Which is your social media platform of choice and why?
Facebook because I have gotten a lot of clients from there and it is really interactive, you can share your thoughts, it’s a really strong marketing platform for me as well.
If you have 24 hours to live what would you do?
I’ll enjoy life as much as I can, show as much love as I can and make as much impact as I can.
Is there like a tool you use to help yourself get ahead?
www.youcanbook.me is one of the tools I use.
Apart from your book; 'before you follow your passion' what's one book you could recommend for the tribe to check out and why?
Words of wisdom
I believe personally that the quality of questions you ask yourself would determine the quality of life you lead. In other words, questions are very important that’s why I’m a coach.
I help people through the power of questioning to realise the key gems that they have within them and really take actions towards it.
So I would really encourage you to spend some time with yourself and ask yourself questions."