Bontle Tshole has a simple job: she is building a brand. After completing her honours in psychology at the University of South Africa, she started her first business, Baaa Health, in 2017. Shortly after that, in 2020, Tshole cofounded the bespoke furniture manufacturer Legae. “Have dreams, make a plan, but always remember to live in the moment you have been given,” she says — a positive mind-set always at the centre of her success. She sees mistakes not as failures, but as opportunities for learning and growth. Together with her mother and business partner, Tshole is working to create a future where healthy food and healthy habits are no longer a novelty, but rather an easily accessible lifestyle choice available to everyone. Motivated by the possibilities of what lies ahead, she continues working towards growing her businesses for herself and to also be an example for entrepreneurially minded businesspeople.
It takes a lot more than just talent to succeed: you need a plan, determination, willingness to sacrifice and hard work.