We asked rising stars from the community one of our favorite questions: other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?

Angela Lightener | Family Life Consultant

Becoming a mother was one of the most important goals I set for myself coming into adulthood. Unfortunately, the journey to motherhood was not easy as we battled almost 6 years of infertility which included suffering and healing through miscarriages, experiencing countless months of disappointing pregnancy tests, and even hospitalizations due to illness related to infertility. Though the journey to motherhood was difficult, I quickly realized the journey through motherhood was difficult as well. Read more>>

Kevin Burnett Jr | Artist

To be honest Id have to say making the conscious decision just to stay disciplined in the field. Everyday there is constant reason for wanting to quit but being disciplined as I am, really really helps with keeping up the momentum “success” brings. Read more>>

Ali Dhanji | Financial Advisor for Millennials

It’s hard to single out just one thing that contributed to where I am today. There have been numerous decisions that have helped in achieving my personal and professional success. One thing that stands out was my decision to work internationally. In 2008, I got an opportunity to move to Africa, Ghana to be precise, to setup and expand the Wealth Management business for the bank I was working for at that time. Read more>>