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.

Kate Grant | Beauty Industry Professional, Co-Founder FREE AGENT SKINCARE

Nothing ever goes as planned, and that’s ok! No matter the project, product launch, partnership, or meeting – unexpected obstacles and roadblocks will always occur. Regardless of how detailed your plan is, things will never align 100% with how you had it mapped out. You will plan and replan countless times. Adjusting your plan or strategy does not mean that you have failed. The ability to quickly maneuver allows you to better position yourself (or your company) for the next growth phase. The key is to keep adjusting your plan and moving forward. Read more>>

Cass Miller | Recording Artist & Songwriter

That you have to truly know yourself and your vision/mission. If you don’t, others may start to define you on their terms. Read more>>

Jasmine Sauser | Pet Care Service Owner

The most important lesson my business has taught me is that no one will do the work for you. Being a small business owner usually means you are a social media marketer, manager, CEO, payroll personnel, customer service representative, spokesperson, and so many other roles. It is easy to think that when you start a business you will have more free time, more money, more freedom, etc. but that’s not always the case. You might have more freedom to do what you please with your passion, but it doesn’t guarantee money or time. Those things can be achieved but not without serious hard work, discipline, strategy, planning, time management, and other sacrifices all made by you. Read more>>