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.

Adrian Jstn | Entertainer

My Entertainment career has taught me that you have to stick beside yourself. You have to be your own ride or die. At the end of the day nobody else is going to have you back like you will. Especially in this field, you have to demand your dreams. You have to set your own goals and you have to have the power to work towards them on your own. Because people can quit on you, people can give up on you. But you will not give up on yourself. You are only in competition with yourself. Nobody else is as unique as you are therefore there is no competition. Trust yourself and trust God. Read more>>

Wellington Onyenwe | Owner/Chef de Cuisine

I think and feel that the most important lesson that this journey has taught me is to dare to be brave. Walk your unbeaten path. My journey through culinary arts and the pathway to start my business was probably one of the more unconventional routes taken. I remember when I told my father that I wanted to become a chef. He replied, “Doctors do not have time to become chefs”. Read more>>

JasLynn & Rodney jr Lambert | Fashion Influencers

The most important lesson that our business has taught us is that persistence matters. Persistence matters on the good days and it matters even more on our worst days. We would never grow as a brand nor individuals if we only worked when we desired it. The significant change happens when you are confronted with adversity and still stride for the finish line. Read more>>

Almah B | Atlanta Hairstylist & Luxury Wig Maker

The most important lesson I believe my business has taught is that you have to work 110% harder to get what you want, you will never get noticed if your not consistent and put effort into everything that you do. Especially in the field that Im in as a hairstylist people are always posting great quality content and if you want to reach that level and to get noticed by people like you have to go harder then them because I am still a new upcoming hairstylist I feel as though I have to prove myself more. Read more>>

Yusef Bellevue | videographer Director cinematographer photographer

The most important lessons that my business has taught me is that you truly have to love something to be the best at it. i’ve always been interested in video production and started out recording music videos for people around my local city. I decided to start photography after a while and I honestly didn’t have the most love for it. But after a while I started to see the value in it and now I am happy I get to create wonderful images for people and I’m still growing at it. Read more>>

Bri Johnson | Makeup Artist and Mother

Failure is not the end. Failure was always a huge pill that I couldn’t swallow, the deepest darkest parts of the ocean, the unknown. Failure struck a fear in me that I was not even fully aware of. Being a makeup artist took that fear and made me run with it. It taught me its better to fail and get back up then to not fail at all. Have you ever just stopped doing something, when the going got tough? Yeah me to until I became a makeup artist. Just imagine spending 2 hours on a whole face of makeup just to wipe it off seconds later but it doesn’t stop there you have to go back to the drawing board. Sometimes you just have to start over the second third or fiftieth time until you get it right and that’s makeup for you. No actually that life for you. Read more>>

Brittany Russell | Business Woman & Founder of Protected Melanin LLC,

The most important lesson running a business has taught me is, I have to undoubtedly believe in myself every step of the way, even when things look or feel uncertain. I now also understsnd that self determination is key. There are going to be days where things don’t make sense, or you’re just overwhelmed with entrepreneurship and all the obstacles it may bring. In those moments, its imperative that you’re able to find the encouragement from within to push through and keep going. Of course you can look to outside sources for encouragement in those moment, but the reality is you have to believe in self, first and foremost. Read more>>

Azurai Thompson | Boutique Owner & Fashion Buyer

Launching and maintaining my business, Undaunted Boutique, has taught me 3 main lessons: 1) Patience is a virtue: Before becoming a business owner, patience was not my strong suit but experiencing the nuances of business has forced me to work on becoming more patient. When starting a business, no one tells you about the long nights and early mornings creating content that might not get any engagement, the struggle to gain social media following or the ups and downs in sales. Read more>>

Gee Pasto | Artist

The most important lesson my career has taught me is that we can’t let life win. Everyone has bad days,some worst than others. Sometimes you just want to give up but, you have to keep going and keep fighting to beat out life’s battles. If you feel like you have nothing and nothing is going as planned drop your nuts and shake it off don’t quit. Read more>>