Often we don’t have to reinvent the wheel to learn something new – we can just ask experts in the field who can draw on their experience to enlighten us. Below, we’ve shared insights insiders from various industries have shared with us.

Sam Joseph | Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Gym Head Coach

Most people think starting and running a martial-arts (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) gym is all about being good at that martial art. I counter that there are at least 4 key factors, in terms of gym leadership, that greatly determine the success of a given start-up gym. The instructor/owner must: *Have a strong enough skill set in the martial-art *Be a good/skillful (teaching is a skill) enough teacher/communicator to nurture growth in students at varying skill levels *Be prepared and able to run the business side of the gym *Be prepared and able to manage a community of diverse people with varying goals. The degree to which the new business/gym owner can consistently excel in these areas will have a huge impact on his/her level of success. Read more>>

Brian Ollison & Kym Pressley | Co founders of Brikym Game Studio

Creating a world-class game studio takes more roles than many people realize and it can have a large positive impact on local economies. The most widely known roles, the artists and the programmers have now broken down into many more specialized roles. There are terrain designers, character designers, UI designers, level designers, animators to name a few types of artists. On the programming side, you can have gameplay programmers, UI programmers, bug/defect programmers, etc. Beyond those disciplines, this industry also calls for roles related to lighting experts, lawyers, product managers, community managers, publishers, marketers, customer support staff, sound engineers, data analysts, testers, and more. All this to say, whether you have a background in art, administration, music, programming, law, management, or pretty much anything else, there’s a role you can fill in the lucrative gaming industry which nets billions of dollars and growing. The industry is here to stay and will only continue to create new types of roles to fill. Read more>>

Debbie London | Generational Healing Coach

Being a healer is extremely rewarding because you are able to watch people’s lives transform for the better right before your eyes. However, it is very emotionally, mentally, and spiritually draining. Lots of grounding and balance is necessary to separate your emotions from those you are assisting. Especially concerning the spiritual aspects of healing, it is important to guard yourself simultaneously while being present with clients. Read more>>

Lauryn Greene | Professional Dancer

One thing outsiders may overlook when looking at being a professional dancer is the amount of stress that comes with this profession.  It requires lots of hard work, time, finance for training, and constant auditioning.   Even though there are some things I have yet to experience because I am still growing and learning as a professional dancer, there are a lot that goes into the industry of being a professional dancer. Read more>>