Celeste Stewart

Bold Curiosity (PTY) Ltd

What does your company do?

Bold Curiosity is a learning and leadership development consultancy. Operating from the principle of "meaningful learning experiences", we design high-impact learning experiences for growth and success. We believe that EVERY PERSON is intelligent and that intelligence is not reserved for an elite few. Our job as learning leaders is to help people connect to their inner, authentic power. The kind of inner power that makes them want to get out of bed every day and live life to the fullest. We are driven by a passion to help create the South Africa we want to be a part of and our children (and their children) too! We are deeply loyal to our beautiful continent. A substantial part of our business is developing graduate programmes to help young people transition to the working world. We help organisations turn today's graduates into tomorrow's leaders who add value to the business while contributing to the bottom line. "It’s a given that graduates should bring you academic merit. But that’s just the first step to top performance. They also need critical thinking, communication skills, analytical skills, relationship building, networking, presentation skills, curiosity and a host of other skills to make it in the rough-and-tumble world of business. Bold Curiosity gives them those skills and more" We also facilitate Women in Leadership initiatives. "We don't believe women must acquire power from the outside. We believe women are phenomenally powerful already. Our initiatives are designed to encourage and enable women to connect to their inner power. Here our goal is to help women step up, play big and IGNITE!

What is your biggest success?

I am exceptionally proud of the fact that we have built this organisation organically, over the years. This year I managed to purchase an apartment in the business name. It was a massive milestone as I am the first person in my family and immediate community to do this. I'm really proud that my hard work and many sacrifices I've made thus far, paid off. Whenever a graduate sends me a message to say "I got the job", I consider this to also be a huge success. At the risk of sounding cheesy, it's in those moments that my heart explodes with joy. Two years ago, I was invited to attend a conference in Germany called the "Curious Future Insight Conference". I was able to attend and bring my family along and take my children on their first overseas trip at the (then) ages of 5 and 9.

What has been your biggest hurdle?

My biggest hurdle has been responding to the volume of working coming in and learning when to scale up. Just when I was getting my head around scaling up, COVID-19 hit and now I'm needing to reinvent myself again! But I will do it, I'm a fighter and my business is not just work, it's my calling. My other biggest challenge is fighting my own inner critic who tells me I'm not good enough or that I don't really deserve all the success coming my way. So sometimes I can be my own biggest hurdle. I have learnt to manage this though but I speak very openly about it so others can see that fear and insecurities are normal, we must just learn to manage the inner critic and not take direction from her!

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