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.

Sadesha Rogers | College Student & Financial Worker

Patience has taught me so much during this process and starting a business. Being able to maintain a healthy mindset it’s taught me to be humbled and organize. As far as the professional aspect, I’ve learned to become motivated and developed a business mindset. Read more>>

Jesse Grossman | Community Builder & Nonprofit Founder

I’ve learned that having integrity and maintaining good relationships is the most important element to success over time. These may not be enough on their own, in that it also takes more to succeed. But I feel strongly that without both of these values, any business or career will eventually cease to thrive. Building trust with others takes time and work, and so does building a business. So, it’s important to keep the long view and not expect any overnight successes or immediate trusted relationships to form without hard work. Read more>>

Gene Micofsky | Composer, Songwriter, Producer

I grew up viewing success in the music business as a destination, in that you travel from point A to point B and the rest is cruise control. As I started working professionally I learned there’s only a point A and you will chase B forever and ever. The worst thing you can do is get comfortable. Read more>>

John William, Flautist | Professional Musician & Band Director

Sacrifice and belief. To some degree, there must be a level of sacrifice if your business is to flourish. Money, time, relationships with others, social outings, and sleep are all examples of entities that will be sacrificed to some degree in order for you to put that worthwhile effort into your business. If you don’t believe in yourself, or what you can provide for others, then you can’t expect others to buy into you and show their support. Support can be shown by patrons giving their money, time, telling others about you, or via social media likes, loves, and shares, Every drop of support is someone’s “stamp of approval” or investment in you and that should not be taken for granted. Read more>>

Shelby Martin | Ceo & Founder of BonaFideBou, Model, Influencer

The most important lesson my business/ career has taught me is JUST DO IT, consistently and ask for help where needed ! I say this meaning, it doesn’t matter who else is doing the same thing, how long it’s taking you, and how perfect or not so perfect things may be, as long as your DOING ( taking risks, launching that business, making that content, reaching out to that person that will elevate or educate you, etc), then God will assist you in you will find your way. its very easy to get stuck and say, I will do it later and I am confused so I don’t want to do it, you have to get past that mindset and just try. Also, it is okay to reach out to experts in fields your not that strong in yet to help you bring your vision together, so for instance hire a photographer to capture that important content or hire a graphic designer. There is nothing you can’t do. Read more>>

Shelly Danz | Chief Party Officer, Atlanta Party Connection

I produce four shows a year to help families plan celebrations for weddings and bar/bat mitzvahs. Atlanta Wedding Extravaganza and the Atlanta Bar & Bat Mitzvah EXPO are known for being celebratory and fun, where attendees are made to feel appreciated and special. The vendors are there to meet families or brides/grooms and their tribes, find out what their vision is and how they can make it happen. These are not business cards behind a card table events. They have great energy and create important connections. But one thing I’ve learned through my career is this: Something unexpected will happen at ANY event. Before one expo, with 500 people waiting to get in and dozens of vendors eager to show off their capabilities, the power went out at the venue! The show must go on, however! I directed team members to work with hotel staff on identifying the source of the issue, got power redirected, set up entertainment for waiting attendees, and got things moving again. After that event I got what I felt was the biggest compliment. Read more>>