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.

Shawn Painter | Music video Director

Important lesson I got taught, was that you gotta take some risk, you gotta work your ass off to be successful and people just want to wake up or be born into success. It not that easy. If you aren’t out working everybody in your field, you’re being left behind. Because while you sit and slack off on a project the next man In onto his next one. And never worry about the next man’s pockets or work. Read more>>

Alexandria Porter | Magic Luxury Occasions Event Facility LLC.

My business career has taught myself how to step out on faith and focus on the positives. Read more>>

Robin Beautelus | Nursepreneur

Embracing a new professional identity changes you because of the new realities you create. I always dreamed of becoming a nurse, it was nothing I wanted more. I’ve been chasing this dream since high school. But once I moved to Georgia and got pregnant reality really set in. I thought to myself I can’t do this every day, giving myself to a job that doesn’t care about my well-being or health. So I decided to do something most people don’t do, I left my high-paying job and I betted on myself. Read more>>

Jermaine Lovell | Brand owner/Entrepreneur

The most important lesson I can say I have learned in business,is that no matter what you will always need a team and the right resources.Being a business owner is not a easy requires unlimited time of work to build a brand/business.The discouragements make it even more rough.Some days will be better than others,but always keep pushing to get to the next level! Hard work will pay off! Read more>>

T’Anna Harris | Men Stylist

The most important lesson I have learned is to be patient. A business is a journey and success isn’t going to happen over night. I had to learn how to pace myself. I know my business will grow with consistency and time. Read more>>