Rogerline Hopley

Rogerline Hopley

Entrepreneur, Klerksdorp

“Optimism doesn't make you more persistent. Persistence makes you more optimistic.” - Richie Norton

I have always believed in pushing boundaries, beyond my capabilities and in repeating good habits. If I had to describe myself in one word, it would be “driven”. I stop at nothing to achieve what I set out to do. This drive has allowed me to leave the corporate environment and pursue my dream of a business owner.

I always chose to treat others the way I would like to be treated, as I believe in the transfer of positive energy. “What you put out there, you will receive”

It all comes down to taking a leap of faith. Jumping out of the nest, and growing wings on the way down. For me the biggest challenge was having to lie to myself daily, pretending that getting up to go to my job was satisfying my needs. All that was needed, was to take a risk and pursue my dreams.

Being nominated as one of the young business women in this competition is a highlight in itself, one which I am honoured to be a part of. I have just begun my entrepreneurial journey, but this nomination serves as validation that I am indeed where I am meant to be.

Women need to create their own opportunities, and not rely on the current system to dictate what they are able to achieve. There are industries which require women to step up as the thought leaders.

Women have the power to influence the next generation of aspiring entrepreneurs, who in turn have the power to change the world as we know it. There is a need for nurturing of young talent from grass roots level, and women should be the drivers of this next generation of innovators.

The Education system needs to become aware of the opportunities which arise when women are empowered from a young age.

“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.” – Oprah Winfrey