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.

DeJarius Evans | Photographer | Muse | Creative Director

The most important lesson I’ve learned with creating is to BE YOURSELF and produce art that makes YOU happy. I remember comparing myself to other creatives and wondering why I’m not getting the recognition or the business like them. I really had to take a step back and realize that everyone has their own unique “thing” about their craft, what make them stand out as artists and the common denominator was just create art from within, the real reason why you started. The more I actually let myself feel through my emotions, I’m learning to transmute them into my art, to connect with the audience I’ve gained on a deeper level to look at my work at a different perspective. Read more>>

Julia Wang | #1 Real Estate Agent on Social Media for all of Houston and Texas

The most important lesson that I’ve learned is to always be your authentic self. When I first started off in Real Estate, there were a lot of times that I would pretend to be someone I was not and played the part of the perfect cookie-cutter ‘realtor.’. Several years back, I made a decision to be 100% my true self and that is when my business really exploded and took off. I’ve realized that not everyone is going to like me and that is okay because I am attracting the clients that I actually choose to work with. I am a huge fan of polarization marketing and it’s become a staple of how I run my business and social media, which are intricately tied together. Read more>>

Brandon Boone | Creative Entrepreneur

The most important lesson for me is that nobody is going to build your dreams for you. There’s no degree, no job, no teacher/coach/boss that’s going to make your dreams come true. There’s a stigma in our generation that all you have to do is graduate college, get a job, and everything will be just fine, and that’s simply not true. Of course, all of those things can help but it comes down to planning and execution. I’m no longer looking to depend on anyone else but myself to make my dreams come true. Read more>>

Malique Jenkins | Founder

The most important lesson my business has taught me is that growth is necessary and you have to believe in yourself if you want to achieve greatness. Read more>>