SINGAPORE, 25 July 2017 | Ms Rhonda Wong, co-founder and CEO of Ohmyhome, mentors student entrepreneurs as she believes that the future lies with the next generation. She wants to inspire and train them to become young leaders, as they embark on their journey to create meaningful businesses, to improve the world and benefit society.
Despite the hectic schedule that comes with running her own proptech start-up, Rhonda makes it a priority to mentor these budding entrepreneurs. Back when she was a university student, she found such sessions helpful. Now, Rhonda imparts her experiences to give valuable insight and advice to the students. On a more personal note, one of the key messages Rhonda shares with the students is that one is never too young to start achieving goals.
In October 2016, Rhonda spoke at Jurong West Secondary School on her entrepreneurship journey, and spent half a day mentoring students about their ideas and product prototypes. A month later Rhonda addressed Republic Polytechnic students on the subject “Turning Ideas into Reality”. In February this year, she participated as a mentor in SMU Mentor’s Speed Dating Event 2017, where she advised students who shared their ideas with her. Two months ago in May, Rhonda was one of the judges who selected the semi-finalists for The P.A.K. Challenge: Start-Up Nation organised by SMU Eagles, a Singapore Management University (SMU) student club.
Rhonda learns as much from these young leaders as they learn from her. She says, “Their passion, persistence and positivity are inspirational; they spur me to work harder for what I believe in. The ones who dream big remind me that dreams are never too big, and not to forget my goals, while the ones who dream smaller remind me to rethink whether I’m focusing too much on small issues. Time passes swiftly, and it wasn’t that long ago when I was in their position. It’s a timely reminder for me to concentrate on the important, and manage time wisely.”
Rhonda describes the next generation as being able to work smarter and faster as there are more opportunities open to them. She concludes, “The persistent and industrious will be the ones who will succeed.”