We asked folks to tell us about the most important decisions they’ve made along their journey and have shared some of the highlights below.

Kenya Johnson | Executive Director Family/DV & Wrongful Conviction Advocate

Understanding and appreciating the value of respecting others is key to being a successful human being and leader. Success tends to come from your own experiences in life, including going through stresses and difficulties. In 2009, I was shot 5 times in a Domestic Violence shooting that left me fighting for my life. I had to learn how to walk, talk, and live in again in a “new world”. I hit rock bottom and completely gave up on myself and my dreams. After years of struggling, I came to the realization that my lesson was underneath a surface that could only be viewed laying on my back. Read more>>

Crystal Monique | Public Relations expert / Blogger

I think that the singe most important decision is taking on consultations prior to working with clients so I can decide if they will be a good fit for my brand. Read more>>

Joe Micacchione | Artist & Financier

The single most important decision I made that contributed to and has continued to contribute to my success is that I am sure many business owners can relate to taking the first leap of faith and deciding to pursue my passion. During the pandemic, there was a lot of soul-searching and what I found was that for me to be happy, I needed to pursue a career that would allow me to work for myself, do what I love daily, and most of all, create something that people enjoy, and that will brighten up someone else’s day even if only for a moment. I believe the most crucial measure of success in anyone’s business is someone thoroughly enjoying my work… the most exhilarating idea is someone genuinely likes my artwork. That feeling is highly motivating. Read more>>

Tony Patterson | Music Producer | Publisher

One important factor about working in the entertainment business is, you will work extremely long hours, there is no play book as too how to make money & be prosperous. My success is predicate one Innovation, networking, & being a student of the business Read more>>

Tyiesha TheHairnistaDiva | Licensed Hairstylist

Not giving up on myself during the struggling and trying times. It’s so easy to keep going when everything is going in your favor, the real test of success is continuing to push yourself when things aren’t going your way at all. How bad do you really want this because everyday is not going to be easy! Read more>>

Jasmine Webb | Entrepreneur & Small Business Owner

The most important decision that I made that contributed to my success was to change my mindset. I always felt as though I had to work hard for others in order to become successful, not knowing that working both hard and smart for myself would be the true road to my success. Like most people, I was working a full-time job, working hard while making an impressive salary but still feeling as though I was not getting anywhere in life. I was feeling as though I was working through life rather than living life itself. I knew that there was more to life for me and that life would not change for me unless I made changes in my life, starting with changing my mindset. Read more>>

Chynelle Brownlee | Master Hairstylist/Educator

The most important decision I made that contributed to my success is moving to Atlanta. Read more>>