We asked some of the brightest folks in the community to open up to us about the most important lesson their business or career has taught them. We’ve highlighted some of those responses below.

Haliegh Hayes | CEO of Haliegh’s Kloset

I have learned some really valuable lessons as an entrepreneur. These are the top two: 1. Don’t build a brand exclusively for your family, friends, and fans. Work to build a brand that will suit all nations. 2. Build a network with like-minded individuals to share your goals. They will push you to exceed them each and everytime. Read more>>

Hippie Yaya | Entrepreneur & Hairstylist

Time! How do you want to spend your time here on earth. It’s so precious and yet it can be so short. I realized that unfortunately I spent so much time wasting it on things I felt like didn’t deserve my energy. I learned through my mistake, I have to work smarter not harder. All the scarifies I’ve made I want it to be worth something, I want it to be able to free me financially. To be able to free financially will allow me to have more time for my family and myself. I’m no longer wasting my time I’m maximizing on it. Read more>>

Autumn Beviacqua | Audio Engineer & Musician

This line of work has taught me how to assert my worth and accept nothing less than what I deserve. This can mean many different things for different projects, but ultimately, I have come to truly believe and know that I am capable of everything that my “superiors” are doing. I spent so long feeling that being underpaid and overworked was just going to be my responsibility for some years, but I have found that people pay more attention and give more opportunities to those who create those opportunities for themselves. Read more>>

Phylicia French | Author | Speaker | International Breakthrough Coach

The most important lesson my business has taught me is to trust my creativity, intuition, and vision. When I first started my coaching business, I needed validation from family and friends to move forward on ideas or concepts. I was not confident in making decisions and that hindered the growth of my business. The lack of confidence and anxiety made me realize I needed to navigate the emotional barriers standing in my way. Things changed right before I wrote my book, Sis, You Are the Universe. Read more>>