The Decision Makers Series is one of our staff’s favorite because decision making is a topic that so many of us have studied deeply.

Makina Wallace | CEO | Founder of Closing Deals In Pearls brokered by Village Realty

The decision I make daily is to pray over my business, my clients & preferred partners – Prayer is the single most contributing factor to the success of my business. Read more>>

Briana Ross | Brand Strategy & Graphic Designer

Working for myself has been great, but it would not be possible if I didn’t take time for myself. I believe that you can’t pour from an empty cup, so it’s essential to make time for yourself and do things you enjoy. I enjoy what I do so much that I didn’t have any hobbies, but that started to take a toll on me because I was working myself to death and did not have any boundaries. I wanted to have hobbies and take off from work, but I felt like I didn’t have the time. To make a change, I had to stop making excuses. I started painting and gardening, things that I have always dreamed of doing, and it has brought me immense peace. Read more>>

Amaris C | Entrepreneur

I contribute my success to my genuineness. I’m always willing to serve others. I answer questions that other aspiring entrepreneurs have without a chip on my shoulder. I’m always pushing collaboration and go above and beyond to let me clients know they are valued and appreciated. People recognize that my heart is always in everything that I do and that’s why they support me. Read more>>

Melissa Adams | Creative Director and Owner of G&A Weddings

It was truly a gut feeling that I needed to enter the wonderful world of wedding planning and design. I couldn’t get it out of my head and heart. Sara Blakey, who is one of my biggest role models and the founder and owner of Spanxs says if you can’t get something out of your mind you need to pursue your passion. Read more>>

Bianca “Mz Bee” Lee | Author/Mentor/Entrepreneur

The single most important decision I’ve made that contributed to my success was the decision to be IN Purpose, ON Purpose, 100% of the time. Until I made the decision to focus on my true gift and ability, I busied myself with assisting others and chasing a dream that had run it’s course. I was staring my purpose in it’s face but fear kept me from pursuing it wholeheartedly. The fear of failure…The fear of success…Inferiority complex…any fear that you could think of, THAT was my hindrance until I decided to embrace the gift and walk it out allowing God to fully carry out His plan in my life and show the world what I am TRULY made of. Read more>>

Annette Figueroa | TV Spokeswoman

No plan B. I know that sounds cliche but I actually allowed my dental hygiene license to expire so that I had absolutely no fall back. I was in my early thirties, everyone thought I was crazy. But I knew that’s what it would take. Read more>>

Derek Gibson | Balloon Decor Stylist

Staying persistent has definitely contributed to my success. This pandemic has definitely brought on a few challenges in how our business in conducted and how it is delivered. However, staying committed to my business during this difficult time has definitely driven me to beat the odds. Read more>>

Jennifer Gilbert | Licensed Massage Therapist & Business Developer

Honestly I went back-and-forth with this question. I had a couple of different answers but I’m gonna go with staying focused. When I say staying focused I mean cutting off negative friends cutting off negative energy and being single worked big for me. I’ve been single for three years now and I have three businesses going since. I always thought I needed a partner or it would be easier to have someone to help me and it probably will be but I have so many things I need to work on myself that this was the perfect time to not only build my business but to grow as a person. Read more>>

Danielle Tuwano | Author & Filmmaker

The single most important decision I made that contributed to my success was giving myself the green light. I stopped braking for approval and accelerated my own ideas just as I would in other circumstances. Picture yourself at a red light. You’re first in line to lead a trail of vehicles behind you. You immediately begin to feel a sense of ‘first place’. You flatter yourself in the mirror, maybe snap a selfie, increase the volume to your favorite tune while you wait for the light to change. Suddenly it turns green and there’s an awkward silence. It’s all on you to either keep your foot on the brake or accelerate and lead the vehicles behind you. Read more>>

David Haynes | Writer | Director | Exec. Prod | Entrepreneur

The single most important decision that I have made that has contributed to my success is letting go of my fears and embracing the gift that God put inside of me. A couple of years ago I was in a rut where life had become mundane. I was working a 9-5, making decent money by doing something I hate to live for the weekend. Out of complete and utter disdain for where I was in life, I picked up the phone called a friend of mine and I told her, “Hey i want to make a movie. So I wrote the script in like an hour, sent it to her and we came up with a budget. I took all of took all the money I had in my savings and a month later the movie was done. After it was edited people watched it and they said they loved it. Read more>>

Khandilyn Hicks | Salon Owner & Educator

I decided to focus on being timeless rather than trendy. Anybody can be trendy, I want to be impactful in this life. Read more>>