They say life isn’t about the things that happen to you, but about the decisions you make. There’s a ton of coverage about the best decisions people have made, but not nearly enough conversation about the tough decisions. We asked folks we admire to tell us about the most difficult decision they’ve ever had to make and have shared some of those responses below.

Dr. Kimberly Paster | Licensed Professional Cosmetologist & Hair Loss Practitioner

I’ve made many difficult decisions but one of the most difficult career decisions I ever made was in 2010. I made the decision to close my salon (Kim’s Unique Touch) to work as a salon manager for a major hair care corporation. I had recently lost my father and I was going through a divorce. My whole life changed very quickly Read more>>

Ifedayo Greenway | Author, Speaker, Fear Strategist & Writer’s Coach

One of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever had to make was walking away from familiarity; letting go of the things that no longer served me or my forward movement. The codependent relationships, traditional processes & status quo beliefs that consistently landed me in an unproductive comfort zone that was laced with fear and fatigue. Years ago, I picked up my whole life, left my job of 16 years, church of 30-plus years and moved to a city where I had no family, friends or roots. This move taught me that change is just as hard as it is necessary. Read more>>

Grande Zee | CEO , Artist, Content creator

Leaving my family & friends behind to start a new life on my own. I was born & raised in burke county, I’ve made many memories there some good some bad but for the most part that’s really all I know. Both my grandparents whom I was close to died & my dad died so that just left my mom when it came to role model figure or someone to hold onto so leaving her was the most nerve wrecking thing I had to do & move to another state & start a totally new life & meet totally new people, I didn’t think I was going to make it but coming up on my one year anniversary I’m glad I made that decision because that decision will lead to my ultimate goal which is creating generational wealth for my loved one & showing my mama a life she never seen before. Read more>>