We asked rising stars from the community one of our favorite questions: other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?

Brooklyn Maxey | Boudoir Photographer

Honestly I have two! 1) When I let go of everything and focussed solely on Boudoir, thats when my business took flight. 2) When I decided that I couldn’t juggle everything as much as I wanted too and hired a team. My business grew even more and those two things tie hand in hand for why my business has continued to thrive. I’m so thankful! Read more>>

Ishii King | Model and Actor

I made the decision that when it comes down to it, life is short and nothing is quite that serious, so I should just go for every opportunity. Read more>>

Dominque Burgess | Chief Academic Officer of Burbrella LLC & Head of School at Burbrella Learning Academy

The most important decision I made that contributed to my success was homeschooling my two boys. I grew to love homeschooling and the opportunity to differentiate the learning experience for my boys by testing out different techniques I wanted to share through my business. For example, I love integrating hands on projects into our homeschooling schedule and each time I try a new project or activity with my boys I am able to share it with my audience of customers as things they can implement as homeschooling families as well as advertise it as things teachers at my learning academy will integrate into our curriculum. Read more>>

Shardea Ages | Founder & Wealth Advisor

I am a strong advocate of education. Education, today, can come in many forms such as self study and certifications. For me, when I decided to pursue my CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER ™ designation, my career was catapulted. It is a certification that carries a lot of meaning in the financial services industry. It means that I have experience, education and the fiduciary responsibility to put my clients’ needs ahead of my own every time. I decided to invest in myself and trust that the success would follow; I was correct. Read more>>

Yolanda Carrasquillo | Massage Therapist

To me the most important part and the reason for my success in this industry was finding the right clients. I had to step outside of the box to have them as clients, but I always knew what type of client I was looking for, and I went to them to make it happen, and because of that today I get most of my clients from my older clients. Read more>>

Leah Forney | Visibility Activator, Author, Podcaster, & Transformative Speaker

The single most important decision that I have made that contributed to my success is embracing the power of the pivot. When I started out in my business, I started out as an published author. I wrote and published my first book Unapologetically Me: Living, Owning, & Walking in my truth in 2017. I was a first time author with no real business sense. I didn’t know anything about branding, niche, or building a business. I tried several things. Some of those things I was good at and other things I failed at miserable. Read more>>

Quanasia Henry | Serial Entrepreneur

Building a relationship with God. Being spiritually aligned first has allowed me to create financial freedom for myself and others. Read more>>