What’s your leadership style?
I find that I’m still learning and finding and improving my leadership style. I look up to different role models like my mum, my dad, even Jessica Alba who’s so inspirational in the way she runs The Honest Company and chooses her products. My mum is go-go-go, very hands-on and enthusiastic, very passionate; my dad is more of the creative sort, he uses the softer, milder approach but is very firm still. I have adopted a bit of both styles: On the outside I may look very mild and gentle, but inside, there are certain things that I’m actually quite insistent and persistent on.
Is your fiancé involved in your business?
Roy has always been very supportive, whether it was with my acting or now, as I’m an entrepreneur. When I started Cheryl W, he designed the whole shop, from the space planning and the feel – practically everything you see, including the rooms, fittings and my logo. He’s always saying how he wishes he can work more together, such as with product designs, and we’re finding ways to work more towards a common goal. At times when I’m jaded or tired, and feel like I’m not sure if something is working out, he would send me inspirational or motivational videos, and ideas that I can expand on in Cheryl W or things that I can do on our website, and he helps me with that. He tells me to never stop, to keep on going.
How have you grown as a couple?
We’ve known each other since we were 17, we’ve been together since we were 18. One of the biggest ways I’ve seen both of us grow is in terms of maturity. We have more responsibilities, and now it’s really about advancing our careers and how we can progress together. The philosophy we agree on is to be as life-giving as possible, whether to each other, to ourselves, or to others. If you criticise someone for the sake of it or to feel good, that’s not life-giving because you just bring another person down. Life-giving meaning, to compliment people not to be fake but to help them feel better for themselves. And to support one another, that’s so important to us.