Theodora Lee followed in her brothers footsteps and became a YouTube sensation. All thanks to her witty charm and talent for talking about awkward topics. She gets hundreds of thousands of views per unique and quirky post. After studying English and Drama at Stellenbosch University, she decided to pursue her passion for making videos and has since amassed almost 200 000 subscribers who avidly follow her channel. Focusing on love, growing up and some of life’s biggest questions, she’s tackled a range of topics from losing your virginity to girl-on-girl kissing, moving in with your boyfriend and dealing with periods, even depression – basically, stuff everyone should be talking about, but aren’t always brave enough to touch on.
The Difference Between Good And Great | The difference is passion. If you don’t love what you do, you’re going to find it hard to be great at it.
A Key Talent | I think one of my strengths is the ability to see work as ‘following my passion’ as apposed to ‘working 9-5’. Even though we can’t all work our ‘ideal jobs’, we must do our best and take every opportunity to learn and grow in our career.
Quick tips to be successful:
Be you, pretending is tiring
Take charge of opportunities
See failures as blessings in disguise
Don’t work ‘til you’re done, work ‘til you’re proud
Take naps, you’re only human
Have fun and be kind
The Characteristics Of Success | I’m a go-getter; I need to fill my week with pro-active activities, being pro-active reduces stress and allows work to become more enjoyable. I also try to keep a balanced, healthy lifestyle where I exercise and sleep enough and eat plenty veggies! Reading is also a vital part of my day-to-day; I never go a day without reading because it has the ability to calm me like nothing else.
Lessons I Have Learnt | I’ve learnt that you shouldn’t quit when things get hard, but rather see difficulty as an opportunity to improve. I’ve started to recognise that people are quite predictable, they’ll often complain, shift the blame and judge others for no reason – be mindful that everyone just wants to be loved and those who act out are lacking something.
Resources I Use To Stay Inspired | People: Family and my parent’s friends – older people are great to hang out with as they’ve often got life down, my BFFs from high school/uni and new found friends from work and beyond. Oh and my amazing boyfriend Andrew, who supports me beyond measure. And my Chihuahua Mini-Me, of course.
Books: I love fiction, YA novels to keep me in the loop with my viewers and award winners! Environments: Outdoors as much as possible and I’m happy to be indoors amongst kind/ insightful/ creative people. Movies: I like movies that make you think and sit in your head for a while. Music: A mix of up-beat pop and indie folk.
My Future Dreams And Ambitions | My dreams are to travel more and create opportunities for others. And maybe I’ll write a book one day.On a psychological or mindset level,
How Do You Use Your Mind To Help Achieve Your Goals | I keep rehashing my goals and expectations in my mind, which at times can lead to unnecessary anxiety, but also keeps me pushing forward. The key I think is to keep positive and always just try my best.
Advice On Building Wealth | Take the plunge and get a job when you can. Once you do that, you’ll realise the value of money and saving for what you really want in life. Also take pride and be grateful for your work, because a lot of people don’t have the same kind of opportunities you do. I’m still learning!