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.

Jared Tavasolian | Health Coach, Digestive Nutrition specialist and Movement Therapist

The most important lesson my business and career has taught me is to show up to what you love. In the face of adversity and through tough times, knowing what’s truly important to you is your guiding light. When my son was born I closed down my practice and went to raise him in New Jersey as a stay at home dad. A couple years later, I was back in California and things were growing when I lost all my possessions and business from the Woolsey fire – my son and I walked away with only a backpack. Read more>>

Miri Songco | Creator & Artist

The most important lesson my small business has taught me is to never do it just for the money. I think we live in a time, where technology has allowed us to start our own trades and businesses while also giving us a front seat to everyone else’s success. Because of that, many people compare their lives/success to others and focus on what they don’t have and where they aren’t at the moment. Shit doesn’t just happen overnight, maybe fortunately for some, but we don’t see a lot of the hard work that goes on behind the scenes. Read more>>

Duwie Tran | Artisan Soapmaker & Natural Skincare Formulator

Patience. For example, consider this: It takes 4-6 weeks to cure a bar of soap. And that’s the absolute minimum. You can’t hurry this process, although tons of people have tried and shared their various hacks and methods. Still, none of these have been actually proven to do anything. Soap has a timeline and a journey of its own. And, interestingly enough, the longer a bar soap cures, the better it is. Its chemical composition changes, and it becomes more mild, gentle, bubblier, creamier, and lasts longer. Read more>>

Bebe Panian | Bebe – Founder

School and business has taught me that there is no luck, yet there is a perfect equilibrium between dedication, preparedness and opportunity. Don’t get me wrong, there are some lucky people out there. However, I look at everything objectively and we cannot quantitively measure luck but we can measure our preparedness specially when an opportunity arises. What would an athlete be without the proper training and practice? Dedication to preparedness is difficult because there is no quick reward yet it’s the safe choice with the greatest success. Read more>>

Rachel Boehm | Skincare Consultant, Business Coach, Board-Certified Health & Wellness Coach

How time really works. That’s the greatest lesson. When I was younger, through even my late twenties/early thirties, I really struggled with impatience. Underlying that wasn’t a need to have results fast so I could take pleasure in the success. Rather, it was a fear that if I didn’t experience fast results, I was failing and the results wouldn’t come. I dropped out of a lot of hobbies and work pursuits because I was too insecure to go the full journey. Or I never started because I thought, “I will never (achieve that, learn that,…etc.)”. Read more>>

Jason Tramm | Conductor and Professor

My career has taught me that perserverence and creativity are essential tools to realizing success. There will always be challenges, but these provide opportinuties to explore directions that might never have been considered. Read more>>