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.

Faibein Davis | Entrepreneur

I learn If you change your mindset you change your life. The goal is to keep evolving every day. Plant seeds water them and watch them grow. Read more>>

Amanda Rosario Glass | Actor, Writer, Producer

The most important lesson my career has taught me is patience. Patience to me to is waiting calmly. Not sitting idly but while working to achieve certain goals and completing tasks to accomplish a vision takes patience. A career is not made over night but over a lifetime. Read more>>

Tim Caver | Content Creator by Day, Photographer by Night

I’d say the most important lesson I’ve learned on my photography journey is to become comfortable with being uncomfortable. It’s a lesson that I feel like I’m constantly relearning, no matter how many times I succeed at something that I almost psyched myself out of doing, I still go through the process of doubting myself or just being afraid of being uncomfortable. At this point in my life, I’m learning to take action even when I’m outside of my comfort zone. I’ve missed some amazing opportunities because I placed more value on being comfortable than on growth; so I’m trying to make sure I continue to expand my comfort zone so that I miss out on those opportunities less frequently. Read more>>

Jaya Camp | Fashion & Editorial Stylist and Wardrobe Consultant

One of the main lessons that being a fashion stylist has taught me is that I work incredible under pressure. Growing up into my adult years I never could work under pressure or being stressed in certain situations. I would fold or just give completely up because the stress of it all would be too much. For example, 1 of my most successful editorial shoots almost didn’t happen. The model that I had chosen for that project had to cancel on me days before the shoot for personal reasons. I was left with no model and had to scramble to find a replacement and new clothing in HOURS. I know 18 year old Jaya would have just called off the whole shoot, cried and maybe even given up my whole career honestly. Instead I took a huge breather, pulled out my planner, went through all my resources and my closet for the clothing and turned everything around in just a few hours. That shoot turned out to be a success and has gotten me 2 magazine publications. Read more>>

Monica Devlin | Virtual Assistant and Social Media Manager + Founder of Teknique Savvy

The most important lesson that my business has taught me, is that you have to be consistent in order to see growth. When I first started my business I was not consistent in my marketing and business strategy. It was not until I started being consistent with my marketing strategies, that I saw growth and was even able to see the potential of my business in the future. Read more>>

Donald Johnson | Entrepreneur & Photographer

The most important lesson that my business has taught me is to be Patient. During the process of being an entrepreneur I’ve learned you that things don’t just happen overnight….I wasn’t taught to be an entrepreneur or anything wrapped around starting a business so this whole process has been one that I’ve taken my time with but also just trying to enjoy everything that comes with it the good and the bad. Read more>>

We Kinda Old The Podcast | Content Creators & Media Hosts

Podcasting was new for all of us. Outside of some of us being podcast listeners, we had never assessed the aspects of creating one. So, the entire process of planning, creating, and executing the ideas that we have for our shows takes a level of effort that we weren’t initially prepared for, because so much goes into making sure the execution sets us apart from other podcasts. In addition to the on air aspect of We Kinda Old, we take the business aspect very seriously, which has been challenging with 4 people, who have different schedules and levels of responsibilities outside of the company. All that said to say, balance has been another lesson we are continuing to learn daily. Read more>>

Michelle Monae | Owner Of Mpress Boutique

The most important lesson my business has taught me through the years is no matter what never give up. Even when things seems like they are falling apart or not going my way keep faith and trust that everything is working out for the best even if i may not see it right then and there. And in the end things tend to work out. Never give up especially first starting a business it may not go as we planned in our heads but if we give up we will never know how great our business could have been and who it could have helped. Read more>>

Mica Hunt | Podcaster

My career has taught me how to be a student. This is one of the most profound lessons that every leader should learn. In order to teach and help people, I had to get comfortable with learning from others. The art of taking the backseat and studying others that came before me. Read more>>

Tequita Morgan | Hair Therapist

I’ve learned that I have to know who I am, own who I am, believe in myself, take myself seriously, and know my own worth before anyone else will. Read more>>