Deciding to work for yourself is often cited as the best decision folks in our community have made. Hearing the same response over and over led us to ask them about the next best decision folks have made and we’ve shared their responses with you below.

Brooke Davis | Business Coach & Branding/Marketing Consultant

I have two contributing factors that really changed the way I looked at my business and success. The first one was realizing that I was worth so much more than I was accepting. When you are running a business that has the potential to change your life, you must accept that everything you are working for will indeed come to the present. Self-doubt is a huge way to ruin your success before it even begins. The second most important contributing factor was surrounding myself with people who changed my limited beliefs. I invested in business tools that attributed to taking my business to another level. I challenged myself daily to get rid of bad habits and surrounded myself with genuine people who have been or are going where I see myself in the future. The energy that comes with someone who wants to genuinely see you win, is ultimately unmatched. Read more>>

Shanteria Echols | Entrepreneur & Influencer

The single most important decision I made that contributed to my success was staying committed to my profession. Every since I started I never stopped I pushed through my slow days, my good days and even my bad days where I didn’t get any clientele. I post on my business page everyday. I make presentations and visuals of products and customers. While staying on top of inventory and legal documents. Read more>>

Josh and Courtney Booth |  Co-Owners of Concrete Roots Construction Group

Outside of going into business for ourselves, one important decision that we made was to move out of our apartment in Vinings and into a 40 foot RV full time. In March of 2020, right at the onset of the pandemic, our lease was ending and we had to decide if we were going to renew for another year or change our living situation completely. We were paying $1,100/month in rent for a 650 sq.ft. 1 bedroom apartment. We were in the middle of building our first shipping container home and decided that it would be more effective and efficient to manage the project onsite. So we notified the leasing office that we would not be renewing our lease, sold all of our furniture, and with only our clothes, moved into an RV with our two German Shepherds. It was by far the best decision we could have made. Read more>>

Akbar Yungai | Content Creator & Global Brand Ambassador

The single most important decision that contributed to my success was creating a clear plan for executing. My system is always backed by three principles that I follow which is using my imagination, creativity, & purpose to obtain the results that I’m satisfied with. I take a long time just visualizing my success first. That gets me really excited about how I’m going to utilize my creativity to deliver an amazing product/project. Read more>>

Mary Clare Kolbush | Freelance Videographer and Editor

Whether I am editing a video, shooting a video, or sitting back and watching tutorials for a few hours, I am very passionate about video creation. I love working with people and sharing their stories through visuals, making them feel seen and understood. Making creative videos for myself is very important for me discovering my brand identity. These vidoes are mainly short films and casual uploads to YouTube. They are what set me free as a creative and help me understand my taste. I do believe that showing up at work, creating content for other people, helps me learn techniques and creativity while also being very rewarding. However, when I allow myself to make a video the way I want with no deadline, I feel a sense of freedom. Experimenting through trial and error is something that I believe is important to take throughout your career, not just at the beginning. Through this season of working with a variety of people, I feel like I have to take time aside from it to understand myself and my style. Read more>>

Tye Dennis | Owner of Extravert Magazine LLC

Deciding to be consistent. I could never bear the fruit, if I didn’t put in the labor. The only thing that can stop you from becoming successful is if you stop. Read more>>

Alexius Wright | Graphic Designer & Entrepreneur

My ultimate goal is to break generational curses. I was born to a teenage mother and a convict father. I can definitely say I had to learn the art of a “hustler” at a young age. I don’t have children of my own yet however, I have nephew, Isaiah, He’s 3 and a god sister , Kennedi, she’s 8 , They both look up to me. They watch what i do and how I move. They see the freedom I have , the position I hold in the family. All of that is my “why” . I want show them that you can have money and not be a criminal and you can be rich and not lower yourself to reach that goal. I am very passionate about the perception they have towards me. Read more>>