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.

George and Rubie Huerta | Food Supplier

Time is your most precious asset. You can putin 50+ hours a week at a meaningful job. Some places have fantastic employers but at the end of it all, I would rather work hard for myself and leave a legacy for my family to continue. Read more>>

Denita and Whitne Forges | Mobile Boiler and Homemade Sauce producer

The most important lesson my business has taught me is that if I don’t believe in me first, I can’t expect others to believe. Read more>>

Kidricc James | Recording Artist & Consultant

The main thing I’ve learned throughout my years in the entertainment industry is to never make the mistake of thinking you have a friend when doing business, Make things clear and go into a business dealing of any type understanding that a person is dealing with you because its beneficial to them. Read more>>

Paria Gilliam aka Bad Kid Paris | Youtuber, Influencer, Actor, Rapper

It has taught me that in business you have to be consistent and it’s very hard work. It look fun and at times it is but it’s hard work. You also have to be very dedicated even when you don’t feel like doing something you have to keep pushing. Read more>>

Oneisha Thompson | Henna Artist

I feel that the most important lesson that I have learned as a business owner is to be consistent. It is so easy to want to give up when you feel rejected or do not feel the support of the people that you thought would be there, but it is in that hurt and rejection that you must find your strength. Read more>>

Gioia Clavenzani + Ivano Ghinelli JAD | Goldsmiths and artists

As a duo that began to work together relatively late, we both had some experience but I would say that being flexible has been our most significant achievement. The inventive capacity of creatives means that their mind is flexible in some fields, but artists can be quite rigid regarding how they see and want to sell their art. Read more>>