We’ve been fortunate to connect with so many brilliant, thoughtful entrepreneurs and creatives and we regularly ask them about the most important lessons they’ve learned over the course of their careers. We’ve shared some highlights below.

Biancah Joydaí | Content Creator

Rapper 50cent once said “ Success does not happen overnight. You have to keep going, if the content that you have created only receives 10 views keep going, your building your catalog.” This quote simply changed my life. The biggest lesson that social media has taught me is that most times lasting success is not instant. Often times content creators (including myself) get discouraged when our content does not preform as well as we’d hoped, however the likes and views don’t not dictate the quality of the content. When it’s your season no thing or no one can stop what God has promised to you so keep going! I love what I do, and I love every last person that supports me. I would not be where I am without them. Read more>>

Gina Nash | Realtor Serving GA, FL, NC, LA, TX

One of the most important lessons I have learned is to never stop learning. I have learned some incredible lessons over these last 20 years, not just on how to develop a business, but lessons on how to be the best person I can be while serving my community. When I first started, I was determined to build a business strong enough to serve my family for generations to come. During the building process I realized that there are a plethora of opportunities and options available in the real estate industry. I also learned that there are a number of experts doing business at all different levels. Read more>>

Ife Adebowale | Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula, Student Midwife, Childbirth Educator, Doula Trainer Instructor, Spiritual Healer

When I started my business 5 years ago, I had the mindset that I am going to help as many people that come seeking my assistance and for 4 years, I did just this, I aided so many individuals for free, half off, pay what you can. Finally, it hit me! No more FREEBIES. The most important lesson that I’ve learned is that if people do not want to pay the cost for your goods and/or services, it is not necessarily that you are too high, it is that they are not your customer. People pay for what they want and the cost of your services shouldn’t be negotiable. This is a business, not a hobby. Don’t allow your customers to set your prices, you set them and if they do not want to pay your goods or services cost, politely thank them for their time and continue your day to day. Read more>>

Liza Ashe | Visual Creative & Self Love Activist

The most important lesson I have learned from having a business is patience. Patience is key… just like when you sow seeds you must wait for them to grow mature and ripen. If you pick the plant or fruit too early it will destroy it… you must have patience. Just like in business, once you get started you have be patient to see the results of your efforts. Read more>>

Kim aka Sassy Craig | A woman with many talents. A mom, entrepreneur, a nurse, and a skater!

The most important lesson life period has taught me is to stay consistent and true to self. This has helped me in business and personally. Read more>>

Solstice Campbell | Hip hop and R&B artist, amateur photographer

The most important lesson I’ve learned is how to take a no. Before I got anywhere in my music I would sometimes get really disappointed and upset after being rejected for an opportunity (as most people would) but once I got a little further it dawned on me. Whenever an opportunity falls through, there are always at least 3 more things you could be doing to either compensate for or replace it. Read more>>

Al Chauncy | Soul Singer/Actor

That your relationships are the building blocks to your success. Your network is your networth. Read more>>

Rodgie Joseph | Licensed Esthetican, Founder & CEO of Genèse Belle

The most important lesson my business has taught me, is to always follow your OWN path, no matter what. There will always be people around you who do the same things as you, but will never do it exactly how you do it. There will always be people around you who will try to discourage you and put negative thoughts in your head about your career path, but as long as you believe in yourself, nothing and no one can stop you from pursing your dreams. A lot of people are scared to take a huge leap of faith such as starting a business due to fear of failure and self doubt. Read more>>