One of the most important lessons we learned is that our lives and our businesses will teach us along the way. We don’t need to know everything on day one because the challenges we face on day will likely be ones we are already equipped to handle. As we overcome challenges we get better and better and as the challenges increase in difficulty so too does our ability to tackle them.

We asked members of the community that we admire to share important lessons their business or career has taught them and have shared some of those responses below.

ShaylaJ Hinton | Realtor- Team Lead

Knowing my purpose I have learned that my purpose is what gives me the drive to get to the next level. Also the more self-motivated I am, the more successful I am. I remember why I chose to be in the business. So I align my thoughts and actions to work towards my goals. However, these goals changes over time which is why I constantly remind myself of my purpose in the business. Read more>>

Brett Harmeling | Entrepreneur & Yoga Biohacker

It’s not what happens to you, it’s what you do with what happens to you that matters. Challenging situations are bound to happen and they give us the opportunity to become bigger, better, and stronger. When being told “NO”, I used to shut down and get discouraged taking on the message that I or my offering wasn’t good enough. My new upgraded mindset sees “NO” as the next opportunity for growth and learning. Read more>>

Morgan Carter | Creative & Photographer

There is no singular correct way of doing things. When it comes to art, especially photography, I realized that a lot of my favorite images were captured at random or by accident. Coming into photography, I believed that there was always a set of rules that needed to be followed to get a “perfect shot” but after shooting, I realized that perfect was subjective. I liked going with the flow when it came to creating because it gives me the freedom to create without expectations. Read more>> 

CeeJay Joseph | Actor/Producer/Host/Moderator/Speaker

Some of the lessons my career as an actor have taught me is not allowing a ‘not right now’ define what will happen next. In this business, it’s generally accepted that when you don’t book an audition, it is essentially a no. But, I like to dub it as a ‘not right now’, because your next booking could be around the corner that will create a shift in your career. Read more>>

Zack Baldwin | Insurance Brokerage Owner

This may be one of my favorite questions, and I often share this when I can. “How you do anything, is how you do everything.” Owning a business comes with responsibility and reputation, and it’s all about the small details. I believe that owning a business with my name on every policy teaches how important it is to be ethical, as it reflects my character directly. Read more>>

Bobby Studio | Marketing manager/Director

To be honest this is the best question Ive ever been asked! When I started my company I was too broke to really move like I wanted to so I had to learn a lot of what I did in depth to make things happen like I needed. Along the way I felt I was doing great but in actually I was hurting myself at the same time. Read more>>