Women's Month Feature 2: Bonolo Modise - maker of Jewellery by Noli
Introducing the owner of Jewellery by Noli
- How do you balance work and life responsibilities?
Balancing work and my personal life can be very challenging. However, having a plan in place makes it easier to manage and survive the challenging seasons. There is a lot of sacrifice needed and family support.
- How did you reach your level of success?
I have never been tired of learning and surrounding myself with people who are wiser, more knowledgeable and experienced than I am. I have never been ashamed of starting from the ground. I refused to give up and I strongly believe that if you want something badly enough, and are willing to work for it, then nothing is impossible.
- What do you believe is the key to true innovation?
I think empathy is the key to innovation. When you understand the core of what people need, then you are able to create a product or service that will best address that specific need/problem. People should be at the centre of what we do and how we do it.
- Where do you believe great ideas come from?
Like how broken tiles and mirrors create amazing works of art, I believe the greatest ideas are sometimes found in the rough. The opportunity for your mind to be stretched creatively is when there are very few resources to work with. It is then when you will truly see what you are capable of.
- What would you like to accomplish in the next two to five years?
I want to partner more with female-led brands in order to grow my own brand. My biggest desire is to offer employment and skill development to at least 5 more young women. I want to share the skill that I have with other people.
- How do you boost your confidence in difficult situations?
I always reflect back and remember how far I have come to get where I am. When it gets tough, I start thinking about how I have overcome those challenges. I recite words of affirmations which also help to refuel me on days I feel low.
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