RJ: The biggest challenge was myself. I had to get out of my own way and believe that I could do this – I had to get over the imposter syndrome. As females we grow up with certain stereotypes being forced upon us, but I have been lucky in that my dad never put any hurdles in my way and always believed that a girl needed an education and should be encouraged to do whatever they wanted. I had to remind myself about that each time I felt I could not do this. I also looked at the small wins I achieved and I surrounded myself with like-minded people who wanted to achieve and also chose good mentors along the way who I still go back to for guidance and advice. The best thing I did was to get myself a business coach as the world of entrepreneurship can become lonely. I had to change my mindset of that being an employee to that of being a business owner. I now not only have the HR Consulting Practice, but have also in the last 6 months added on Business Coaching and have become an associate of another business to deliver this as well.
RJ: My parents, especially my dad. He always felt that the sky was the limit and if you don’t try you will never know if it could have been achieved. And now that I have set out on this journey, I have discovered I have a number of cheerleaders in the background who are always there to encourage me on the days when it is tough.
RB: What is the vision for your business and where do you see it five years from now?
RJ: To be known as the go to person who helps businesses grow through their people. Ultimately my dream is to go back to grass roots and coach children as I am also NLP qualified and believe that if we can help children overcome their limiting beliefs and get them to believe that they can really do and become what they want to, they will have so many more opportunities in life, especially as the world of work is changing. I really believe in the saying “Give a man a fish, and you feed for him a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”