One of the most important lessons we learned is that our lives and our businesses will teach us along the way. We don’t need to know everything on day one because the challenges we face on day will likely be ones we are already equipped to handle. As we overcome challenges we get better and better and as the challenges increase in difficulty so too does our ability to tackle them.

We asked members of the community that we admire to share important lessons their business or career has taught them and have shared some of those responses below.

Carra Roots | Photographer & Creative Strategist

Comparison can not only steal your joy, but your coins as well. Even though I have been taking pictures for over 10 years now, I officially left my job in December 2019. During that time, it has been an entrepreneur culture shock. It was if my eyes opened to all the “competition” around. Yes I completed work, worked with different people, and continued to be sought out for different projects. However, somewhere along the way, looking for inspiration and/or admiring other peoples work, made me second guess mine all the time. Read more>>

Kaye LaGrone | Business Owner

I would say it is trust and believe in yourself. You will run into people that try and belittle your business or idea because they are scared to go out on fait and trust their own plan. You will run into road blocks along the way to success and if you are solid in yourself you might give in. You were given a gift/talent, but its on you to hone in on it and make it pop. Nobody will go hard for your dreams more than you. No matter what TRUST IN YOURSELF ! Read more>>

Lucas SHAFFER | Creative Director & Principal at Stand And Stretch

ou don’t have to be a millionaire to be successful. It seems simple, but the truth is I started out thinking the sky is my limit. And rightfully so, I could have continued to pile on products and services and hire more people but to what end. It seemed the faster I went and higher we climbed, the higher the obstacles and the slower the pivot. It wasn’t until the last 4 years (out of 12 now), that I realized that the successful business I wanted to build made a profit, had a great culture, supported our team members as students, provided transparency in our process, and stayed thoughtfully accountable to our customers. Read more>>

Cashaey Serenity | Model, Actress & Creative Director

The most important lesson that my career has taught me, is to keep going no matter the obstacles. Celebrate both your small and big wins. Read more>>

Courtney Taylor | Salon Owner & Licensed Cosmetology Educator

The most important lesson my business/career has taught me is to go at my own pace and be consistent, believe in what others may think is impossible, celebrate small & big victories, show gratitude, and remain humble. Read more>>

Mahmuda Zaman Afra | Glamzoned – Makeup Content Creator

I think the most important thing I learnt over the years is that consistency is the key. No matter the type of work, you have to be consistent with putting efforts and patiently wait for results. Nothing happens overnight. I just followed my passion without worrying about numbers all the time and started seeing results gradually. Read more>>