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.

Brian Revels | Songwriter & Copywriter

Humility is definitely up there. Being a musician, you’re presented with some pretty hilarious “feast and famine” scenarios. One night, my old band, City Mouse, got to open up a sold-out show for the Steeldrivers (post-Christ Stapleton) at Terminal West. That night was so incredible. And the next afternoon I was back to biking to work to wait tables at Eddie’s Attic, which is a cool gig in it’s own right but just can’t compare to taking the stage at T-West. Read more>>

Paula Campbell | Singer, Author & Actress

My career has taught me so much! One of the most important factors it has taught me is that, it’s always business, never personal. At least for others it’s considered “simply business”. So you have to conduct yourself accordingly. The entertainment industry brings many friends. But friends don’t dictate a business partnership. We have weigh the pros and cons to make the best decisions for us, no matter who we work with. My career has taught me to ask the hard questions in the beginning so I don’t have to assume. Consistency is key to becoming successful. Authenticity can’t be duplicated. Stay true to you and your craft. Above all, my career has taught me that everyday is another opportunity to be better. So give it all you got every chance you get. Read more>>

Heather O’Donnell | Artist

Confidence. Starting Magnolia Heather has brought me so much confidence. Confidence in interacting with other people, confidence in myself and my abilities. I wouldn’t go as far as to say that I am *the* most confident person, but I certainly do believe in myself more that I have ever before. This little business has given me so much, and I believe it will continue to give throughout my life. Even if I stray away from leaf embroidery, I’m sure that I’ll simply work on some other side project that continues to give me joy and help me out financially when I need it to. I look to the future and see a future. I see my work in more places, I see myself teaching, I see myself feeling fulfilled. So, to have gained this kind of confidence is definitely the most important thing that I have learned from Magnolia Heather. Read more>>