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.

Mardia Brown | CEO of Simply Beauty Co (Skincare)

The most important lesson that I have learned through my business is that patience is key. People always expect to start a business and start making money immediately but that’s not the case. To truly build a brand you must have patience and know that all the hours and creativity you’re putting in your brand may take time to get the return and attention you would like. Read more>>

Ashleigh Sanders | Cake Artist

The most important thing my business/career has taught me is to never give up! You have to make sacrifices to get to where you want to be in like ! You have to want success more than anything because at the end of the day your career is what you make it! Your business is what you make it so good hard for it like you have nothing left. Read more>>

Corey Marshall, LMSW | Psychotherapist

“The client ISN’T always right.” Like all humans, the client, or the consumer, are imperfect beings. They have bad days. They may be ignorant or misinformed. In many ways, that doesn’t matter. I’m in the business of helping people. In order to do that well, it’s my responsibility to meet them where they are and help them get to somewhere better. Having that perspective has been one of the keys to connecting with others in a way that’s both effective and productive. Read more>>

Sarah Jackson | Founder of LNJ Learning, LLC

I would say the most important lesson my business and throughout my career has taught me is to NEVER limit yourself, and trust the journey… I started thinking I would be a creative director for a major graphic design agency. Although I might still do that when studying my craft (also a very crucial lesson). I realized how art is learning and how social learning is truly revolutionary. Read more>>

Q. Matissé Myers | Executive chef/Restaurant Consultant

Understanding your vision. Being consistent and open to evolving new trends and old ones. Knowing your market of clients you are shaping your business too. My business has taught me to also sit, eat, observe and listen to the problems and successes of your business outcomes. Read more>>