We asked some of the brightest folks in the community to open up to us about the most important lesson their business or career has taught them. We’ve highlighted some of those responses below.

Alexus Brown | Photographer, Web & Brand Designer

People appreciate authenticity. Stay true to yourself and your processes. Your clients will book with you and continuing booking with you because of the relationship you develop with them. It’s great to produce quality work, but you can find that anywhere. Provide an experience they will remember and appreciate. Read more>>

DaVondra Turner | Entrepreneur | Digital Creator

Building a business and being an entrepreneur has taught me patience and preparation. Things may not go as planned, it might be days of making $0, or you may find running a business is mentally overwhelming at times. I’ve learned one of biggest factors in overcoming obstacles is having a lot of patience. Read more>>

Elyssa Webb | Licensed Esthetician & Beauty Cosmetic Seller

The most important lesson my business/career has taught me is no matter how much work you put in, you still have to be patient and understand that the way you want your business takes time. It has taken me awhile to understand this myself, but once i decided to not repeatedly stress myself out about the outcome, things became better for me. Yes, you want to work for your business or career, but what good is it if you’re overworking yourself? Read more>>

KENYA SIMMONS | Utility Contractor and Realtor

To never take no as a reflection of your worth. Sometimes a no can redirect us towards our destiny. A no should inspire you to work harder and find alternatives that will help you get to your destiny. I’m in an industry that is considered to be for men and something a woman either shouldn’t or couldn’t do and I have consistently disproved this myth. Being the first woman of color to be on the board of the Georgia Utility Contractors Association as well as the first woman of color to serve as a Chairwoman on their PAC committee. If I allowed all the “No’s “ I received to affect me in a negative way, I would not have achieved what I have. Read more>>

Lanota Fludd | Licensed Professional Counselor

Life is full of lessons and so is business. My largest lesson in owning a business is flexibility and creativity. Change is constant. As a result it has been imperative to be flexible so that when things change arise you are able to adapt. Creativity is also necessary to run a business. Everything from a business aspect be it designing my logo to promotion requires creativity. Most importantly working with clients require creativity. Everyone has different needs and using various methods clinically as a therapist ensures I can best serve ever individual. Read more>>

Missy Bentz | Co-Owner/Operator of Misty Pond Resort

My career path has utterly surprised me! I have had to learn that God knows me better than I know myself, and He has gifted me to fulfill His purposes for me- even when I don’t see it. My interior design business was fun for a few years, but as I began having children, it was no longer a passion. I became way too practical- white show stains, expensive accessories get broken, and fine fabrics get ripped! Once the kids were all in school full time, my husband Steve started asking me to work with him in his furniture repair business. Read more>>