We had the good fortune of connecting with Tessa Hopman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tessa, how do you think about risk?
Life rewards action. I truly believe in this statement and it is how I have always lived my life. Not always in the context of whether or not to take a risk, but always in favour of taking a step or a stance instead of sitting on the sidelines watching life go by. I believe that our lives are the most precious gift we will ever receive and therefore we have a responsibility to somehow make the most of it. Some people do this by chasing fortune or fame, others by trying to achieve extraordinary accomplishment pushing both mental and physical boundaries, and then there are others who give their lives to make the world a better place for those less fortunate. Those last two groups I greatly admire and I try in my own limited ability to follow their path. But in order to ever achieve anything even close to greatness we need to take risks, a leap of faith so to speak, and that is exactly what I did when I started my business. I didn’t have a drawn out business plan, I didn’t have investors, heck I didn’t even have any money in my savings account. Still I quit my job and a week later applied for a business number under The Vinedresser. Why? Because I had faith. I knew God had created me for something more, a purpose bigger than myself, and the only way I’d ever find out was to take a risk and see where the road would take me.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Being an entrepreneur sucks! Honestly. Knowing what I know now, I might have never even started this journey. But it is also amazing, exhilarating, rewarding, and incredible! And it is this rollercoaster ride of highs and lows that makes every entrepreneurial journey different from the next. I didn’t have one of those rags to riches instant successes with 6-figure launches like so many that are plastered all over social media. My business journey has been an uphill battle from the beginning and didn’t cease for the first 12 months. Many times I wanted to quit, and even more times I almost threw my laptop out of the window because I couldn’t get my funnel to work or my website to look half-decent, since common sense kept me from destroying my bread an butter, my water bottle had to suffer the consequences. I can’t tell you how many times I have thrown that darn thing across the room of my office out of sheer frustration. But despite all the challenges, despite me having to spend most my available hours as a VA working on someone else’s business when all I wanted was to work on mine, I kept going. And one day things started to shift… All those skills I acquired as a VA now came to good use as my company started to grow quite suddenly. And without even realising it I doubled my income from the previous month and the next month doubled it again! What was going on? I wish I could accredit it to my amazing business and coaching skills but in reality it was my coaches pushing me through, challenging my thinking, and helping me get back up after a disappointing launch. It was sheer tenacity from my part combined with a lot of encouragement on their part. I didn’t just become a coach to make money… I became a coach because I KNEW it worked from personal experience. I witnessed first hand the impact a honest, passionate, and caring coach can have on someone’s mindset and business success. The only difference that I wanted to make as a coach is bringing my highest value into it, my faith. I believed that if I could combine everything I have learned during my coaching courses, my personal experience investing in coaching for myself, and all the truths and insights the Bible had to offer I would truly have something, not just unique, but incredibly powerful! And the results speak for themselves. Once I realised the value that I could offer, started charging what my time, and the time of my team was actually worth, and stuck to my highest values without wavering, a snowball started to form which has been gaining momentum ever since. Now my company doesn’t just coach people who are wanting to start a business or grow their exisiting business, we have grown to become a full-fledged team that also offer digital solutions such as funnel building, websites, copywriting, social media management, and so much more.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Uhm I live in New Zealand so not too sure if ALoN mentioned that? I can fill it out for NZ just in case 🙂 Being very active both myself and my fiancé every friend that visits will have to endure some sort of active sightseeing tour of the area. We would probably take them for a 6km hike loop at the gorge. This is a pass leading from our town Palmerston North to Woodville and has been closed to all vehicles since 2012 due to massive landslides. The hiking tracks however are still open and offer amazing views of unspoiled landscape and eerie empty roads. Second would be a trip to the Victoria Esplanade which hosts a rose garden, river walkway, mini golf course, and the national bird wildlife sanctuary. Throughout the week we have loads of restaurants to choose from as most restaurants are of an above average quality with a wide variety of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. On a sunny day we would probably drive to Foxton, which is a 30min drive, where there is not just a beautiful beach but a full size traditional Dutch windmill and we me being from the Netherlands this is a must see. Obviously we will stock up on Dutch treats such as Speculaas, Drop, en Satesaus.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The people we surround ourselves with will determine the level of our success and sometimes the best thing you can do is leave your old group behind and find yourself a new one that will push you further, challenge you, and will champion you all the way. I have found such a group! I wouldn’t even be close to where I am today if it wasn’t for my fiancé, David Mager who has believed in me from the beginning even when I didn’t believe in myself, my business mentor who taught me EVERYTHING about online entrepreneurship, Penny Elliott and the person who pushed my business to the next level, my business coach, ALoN David. And the One who led me on this journey, has been my solid rock and my foundation, and is my everything yesterday, today, and tomorrow, my Father, God.