Helping women to build resilience is something Batlile Phaladi does well because of her own experience in the corporate world. In her early career, she would quit if things got tough, but after being mentored by her elders in the Shoprite Group, she learned that challenges enable you to grow and learn new skills. Phaladi is part of the team that manages Shoprite’s online reputation, ensuring that the brand is held in high esteem. As a sideline, she set up Rammy Creatives, a manufacturing company, to fund her siblings’ education. Now that all four siblings are working professionals, she uses the profit she makes to buy sports equipment and school uniforms for children whose parents are unemployed. She also runs @conversations_with_bookworms on Instagram, reviewing empowering books for women to help prevent them from quitting if pressure mounts. “They engage with the blog about how they are starting their businesses and using a positive approach,” she says.
I make it a point to spend as much time as possible with people who have achieved things I haven’t accomplished yet.