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.

Troy Freyee | Photographer

One of the most important lessons I have learnt is to go with the flow… and also to hire people in their expertise, I cant do everything even though I want to. Also to take time out… everything is so time precious so taking time out is essential and extremely hard to do when you love your job, there were some moments there I literally didn’t stop working for a full month straight… I then needed to take a whole week off because I was so burnt out. Read more>>

Jennifer Meng | Founder

The most important lesson is recognizing that businesses and markets can vary greatly and the ability to be aware of this will help you with your success. Understanding your business needs should inform you in seeking out information that will be truly helpful. Advice and knowledge also vary drastically in quality, and it’s easy to get sidetracked or forget to filter the information that is nowadays very accessible. It’s more of a guarantee to stay methodical, focused, and to seek advice after you’ve come up with specific questions that will give you meaningful answers. Read more>>

Your Majesty Oriana | Musician, Performance Artist

Perseverance is the key. It is such a cliche, but it’s a cliche for a reason. If you keep going and believe in what you are putting out there, people with follow. You will be knocked down 100 times and you need to get up 101 times. Read more>>

Shane LaLonde | The Sew Chateau Owner/Creative Director

The most important lesson my business/career has taught me is that, Relationships are everything. How you relate with people on a personal level and business level will create your path. A good idea, hard work, and quality in your product is important, but it is also relationships that help you get that idea in your head to actuality. The relationship with my family- the support and trust to say, “Go For It”. The relationships with suppliers, and different business I work with. We build on trust and mutual respect and learn to count on each other. The most important relationship to the success of my business is the relationship with my customers. I am ever grateful for such supportive and amazing customers who enjoy what we do, show up for our events, give us positive feedback, and recommend The Sew Chateau to their friends. Everything we do here is built for our customers, so it makes me so happy when it works, and makes them happy. Read more>>

Jerry Lee | Chiropractic Kinesiologist, Licensed Acupuncturist, Doctor/Healer

Aside from having a strong passion and working hard towards a goal, one of the most important lessons I’ve learned is to stay adaptable, open, and flexible. Nothing is permanent and forever, and things are constantly changing as we grow (as individuals, as a business, as a company). So, letting go of attachments and previous concepts that were once important may be significant at one moment in time, but as there are movements and growth, those attachments/goals/ways of doing things may not serve anymore. The easier it is to “let go” of old ways of thinking, the easier it is to keep up with the change, adapt, and progress forward. Read more>>

Meiko Arquillos | Photographer/Director

It is very important to stay true to yourself. There are so many talented photographers/directors out there and I was always intimidated by them. I felt I was never good enough, cool enough, or talented enough. Everything in my life changed after I started following what inspired me, and stopped worrying about what other people were doing. I think knowing what makes you happy helps you find out who you are. The more you know who you are, the more you can stay true to yourself. It gives you a sense of groundedness and a center to act from. Read more>>

Katie Koster | Audiobook Narrator, Tutor, and Actor

The most important lesson my career has taught me is that you never finish learning. You can strive for perfection, but you will never get there. However, you can still learn more and more along the way. Even the experts in the acting and VO world still get coaching and level up their craft. Read more>>

Dennis Peter Kamoen | The Project Consultant.

What’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you? No matter how much you prepare, or think you are prepared, there will always be surprises, both good and bad, along the way that can and may “floor you”! That’s life and that’s okay, just don’t let it “floor you” for too long. Welcome all the challenges, Enjoy the good ones while they last. And don’t stay down too long when you get knocked down. Brush yourself off and get up “off the floor”. Read more>>

Evan Koehne | Art Director & Filmmaker

When I was young, I wanted to be everything – a writer, a director, an artist, a musician, an animator. But the most important lesson I’ve learned from my career as an Art Director is that focusing yourself in one area is actually the quickest way to expand your creative possibilities. I started working in the world of Stop Motion Animation, and immediately found myself drawn to the art department. I wasn’t the best builder or fabricator, but I was a hard worker, and I displayed a knack for learning the craft. But something was wrong – I didn’t feel like it was my “calling.” So I started taking jobs outside art department, trying my hand as an animator, a rigger, a storyboard artist, a production coordinator. Every time I thought I was getting to the job that would kick-start my burgeoning film career, but none of them took off the way I expected. I believe creative people are naturally curious and open-minded. We want to EXPAND, to take on new challenges and constantly reinvent ourselves. Read more>>