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?

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The most important decision I made that has contributed to every move I make is Family. Family is without a doubt my #1 motivator because without them I wouldn’t even be here. I have to create more for just myself to extended great life moments to those i love the most. I have alot of talent in my family as well and i want them to be able to use those talents to their max abilities. My drive to get my family to a better place has pushed me to find better places for myself to grow and learn. Choosing to say yes for myself was also an important choice. Choosing myself, loving myself. I always was the person ready to jump up and help others, I had to learn to help myself 1st because how can I help anyone if im not okay? I had to learn that’s not selfish, that’s survival tactics. Letting go of my past regrets has been another important factor, i was very much weighted down by my past and it kept me from living in the present or working towards a better future. Read more>>

Kimberly Coulton | Wardrobe Stylist & Content Creator

Other than deciding to work for me, the single most crucial decision I’ve made was promising myself to never give up. If at first, I didn’t succeed, I tried and tried again. I knew that if I wanted to obtain my goals and live the life I had envisioned for myself, I had to persevere through the unforeseen obstacles and self-doubt head-on. There’s a quote that I love from an anonymous person that says, Perseverance makes the difference between defeat and success. And knowing this, I wake up every morning actively striving towards my goals and helping others achieve theirs. Read more>>

Ghost Hallmon | Multi-Disciplined Creative & Reality Designer

I’ve had very comfortable ups and very painful downs throughout the entrepreneurial journey. Making the decision to expect, appreciate, and embrace whatever inevitable challenges lie ahead rewired my brain from being an anxious prey to a vigilant predator. Approaching challenges with a “that’s it? what’s next?” mentality instills an almost unbreakable sense of confidence and helps cut out some of the emotional fat that often makes the process more painful than necessary. Life itself becomes more fun and adventurous, and that brings about a greater sense of joy and appreciation for even the little things. The resulting flow state significantly improves creativity and productictivity, because you fall in love with the game without feeling caught up in the rat race. Read more>>