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.

Horace Roberts jr | Chairman/CEO

Perseverance is key when building a company from the ground up. Also team work makes the dream work Read more>>

Lucien Weller | Veteran small business owner

A tremendous amount of patience and persistence. At times it seems like you are just waiting for a business opportunity to show itself. In the meantime trying to stay persistent in thought and actions pertaining to business goals. There is an unbelievable amount of baby steps in the beginning that easily sidetracks the best of plans. Read more>>

“Tracy Jemison | TBJ Weddings & Events “

The most important lesson that my business has taught me is that the dream is free but the hustle is sold separately. Many people have business ideas but that idea has to be driven by passion, consistency, and hard work. Read more>>

Kiara Nunez | Creative

The most important lesson my path has taught me is that it isn’t a linear thing. It’s a roller coaster baby! I feel like my first year went great and I was running instead of walking but now on my second year in things have slowed down a lot! I’m not even mad at it tho. Life has been lifing lol and I can’t pour from an empty cup. I’ll bounce back because style is who I am not a facade for Instagram. Read more>>

Breanna Allman | Freelance Makeup Artist

Never give up always be consistent even when business is slow still promote always! When I first started doing makeup I always quit a couple of times cause I felt I wasn’t good enough just from the lack of clients I was getting. I learned that marketing is everything nobody is going to see your work unless you post, social media plays a big role with getting you seen by others all around the world just from hashtags. Read more>>

chelsea nizana | Fashion Designer

One of the most important lessons that I learned while growing my brand was that “Life’s greatest lessons are usually learned at the worst times and from the.worst mistakes.” Read more>>

Juan Diaz | Creative Director

In my business and in life in general, I have learned that perseverance is the key to achieving goals. Continue despite the obstacles that may arise along the way. Read more>>