Deciding to work for yourself is often cited as the best decision folks in our community have made. Hearing the same response over and over led us to ask them about the next best decision folks have made and we’ve shared their responses with you below.

Alexander Andronescu | Fashion Designer

The best decision I’ve made that has brought me to where I currently am, is that I chose to challenge fear. Working for yourself can be a scary thought and there’s struggles associated with that which any business owner is all too familiar with. But, fear is debilitating, it tightens the jacket you wear every day and forces you away from opportunities in your career and personal life that may change your world for the better. Running Alex of Arabia, I challenge fear when times were tough, when things don’t go to plan and I have to take calculated leaps of faith constantly. It gets easier to do so, but its never easy. Though, thats what makes life the interesting challenge that it is. Read more>>

Ana Moreno | Actor & Feminist Activist

I would say it was realizing the difference between being able to do something and actually wanting to. I spent most of my grad school years feeling like a fraud, an outsider who wasn’t smart enough. It took me nearly 2 years and a major health crisis to realize that I wasn’t less capable: I could do it – I simply didn’t want to. And that is when I quit researching for PhD programs and applied for The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. I wouldn’t say I am – in my definitions and parameters – successful now. But I`m definitely happier. Read more>>

Ninja Thvg | Entertainer, Gamer & Athlete

I would have to say, investing in my own ideas instead of others. Read more>>

James White | Realtor/Lender

I believe that long before I decided to become self employed I decided to instill in myself to be the very best version of myself. To develop a strong work committment and to treat people the way that I would like to be treated. I have been committed to completing the task at hand and to provide the very best customer service that I possibly could. Growing up in the Jim Crow south and watching my dad work 3 jobs to support 6 children was the model that I have to draw upon. Read more>>