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.

Olivia Wickstrom | Founder of Creating 805

Don’t be afraid to reach out, introduce yourself, and ask for something. Creating 805 is built on partnerships and collaborations, and many of them were developed through cold outreach via email, phone, and social media. I’m shocked at how many relationships have formed from a simple email outlining my vision and ideas. If you’re passionate about something, people will be able to tell, and they’ll want to help you bring that vision to life. It’s not about what you know, it’s about who you know, and building that network is a lot easier than you think. Read more>>

Trevon Anderson | Professional Dancer

The most important thing I’ve learned over the years in my career is that you have to be willing to invest in yourself no matter what. No one will ever fully see your vision(s), so you have to be willing to sacrifice everything to make your dreams/visions a reality. Read more>>

Samantha Moody | Entrepreneur – Cosmetics & Skincare

The most important lesson my business has taught me is that you have to stay consistent. You have to apply pressure to not only yourself but to your craft. Sometimes we can let our fear get in the way of our dream and one thing I always remind myself is that no one can come in between my dream but me. Tighten up and put in the work and the rest will flourish. Read more>>

Jasmine Robinson | Dancer

Probably the biggest lesson I’ve learned throughout my time as a dancer is to just trust in what you do. As an artist, you know you have something to say and something to contribute, and it’s unfortunately so easy to allow outside voices quieter yours. We are so hypercritical and self-conscious that we lose faith in our own process and our own way of being. For me personally, Read more>>

Sofia Daguano | Fashion Stylist

One of the most important lessons that my business/career taught me is to lose the fear to be communicative. Working as a freelance Fashion Stylist push me to speak with people/brands that I had never met before, present my work, reach out to new clients, and most importantly, sell my work. I’ve been always shy and not much social-communicative, and my work pushes me a lot to break the wall between myself and the world. Read more>>

Edwin Lunes | Model, Creative director, Makeup Artist & holistic health apprentice

That really I am my own manager, therapist, HR, trainer, stylist, financial advisor, boss.. That the only person to celebrate or hold accountable is myself ! On another more important note Connections, authenticity and being able to be fully present can really change the experience you have (or give) weather it’s in personal life or career. Being able to actively listen, ask more elaborating questions & going past the superficial small talk. Read more>>