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.

Fred Hardy II | Photographer

Networking and collaboration. It took a little time for me to realize the value of meeting other professionals in my field and building relationships that are essential to both my growth as a photographer and as an entrepreneur. We often hear stories about being “self-made” but I am learning that those situations are a small percentage, and having some guidance in my journey has been invaluable. Read more>>

Archie Stewart | Systems and Operations Strategist

The most important lesson I’ve learned in business is that what may work for most people may not work for you. In the online industry, it’s so easy to get caught up in everyone’s highlight reels and what everyone says works for them. I’ve learned, especially this year, that your business is just that, YOURS, and you have to march to the beat of your own drum. Or else you will burn yourself out trying to be like everyone else. Read more>>

Keithia Mayson | Owner of Keek’s Bowtique

Consistency, perseverance and PATIENCE. I’ve learned that I have to be consistent and persevere even though things haven’t come to fruition within my time frame, I still have a goal, a dream that I’m looking to achieve. Nothing happens overnight and not all things lie at your fingertips. But I refuse to quit! I’m learning that it’s only through patience that I can truly learn from the curveballs which get thrown in my path. In the words of Antonio Mochado, “Don’t rush things: for the cup to run over, it must first be filled.” Read more>>

Lakera Cooper | HairStylist& Entrepreneur

The most important lesson I’ve been taught is to stay humble and work hard. Work hard for what you want and even when you feel like your working too much, work hard . Accomplishing goals is the key. Owning and maintaining a business isn’t always easy, there are going to be some bumps in the road. But always remember to keep it pushing , because hard work pays off. Read more>>

Jabria Luddley | Owner of Shine & Sage Cleaning Co. LLC

The most important lesson that my business has taught me is that I can do anything I set my mind to. A lot of the times we become fearful of the unknown which causes us to become complacent and comfortable with life. I knew that cleaning was something I actually love to do. Cleaning is literally therapeutic for me. I taught myself everything I needed to know in order to become a legal business in the state of Georgia. The whole process was a self taught journey and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. There was a lot of trail and error. I even became discouraged and wanted to give up more than once. Initially it was a side job for extra money. However, as of August 2021 I am a full time entrepreneur. Some days are better than others considering the fact that I am both owner and operator. It was a huge leap of faith that I am glad I took. I cant wait to see what else is in store for me! Read more>>