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.

Denise Michelle Waling | Transformational Life Purpose Coach, RTT Hypnotherapist & SelfLove Expert

Choosing to do and commit to my inner work. I’d say 90% of my success comes from diving deep to heal limiting beliefs, past trauma, inner child and generational issues. 10 % would come from taking inspired action. Read more>>

Jacqueline Kuykendall | Real Estate Agent & Investor

When you decide to become an entrepreneur, you have to decide at the beginning that you will give all of yourself to be successful. With that comes sacrifice to work more than a typical 40 hours a week, you are HR, marketing, sales, and the CEO. Read more>>

Curtis Rodgers | Videographer

Truly believe in myself that I could even make it happen! I say that because we all are tired of something or want to make some changes in our lives but depending on how big that thing is you don’t truly believe you can pull it off, at least I didn’t. Read more>>

J Boykin | Musician Entrepreneur

The most important decision I’ve made related to my career was making a full time commitment to music. I set a short term goal to quit my 9-5 and become a full time entrepreneur musician. Right before I quit my job as a security guard, I had many financial responsibilities and had just became a father. I remember it being terrifying at times, not knowing if I would be able to provide financially, however this leap of faith was exactly what my career needed at the time. By focusing solely on my craft and artistry I was able to make more income doing what I loved and maintain a peace of mind. This allowed me to focus on music and my purpose to spread light through music in dark days ahead. I know for a fact that this leap of faith single handedly contributed to my success. Now I encourage others to focus on what brings them joy and peace. Read more>>

Susumu Kimura | Filmmaker and Editor

I believe it was the decision to come to the United States when we won the lottery program. It was a decision made with my wife when we were just married and had started a new life in Japan. It took few months to decide what we really should do and definitely took some blowbacks in family relations and friendship – let alone starting anew in a different country. But we’re so glad we did it, both for our careers and our family. Read more>>

Carolina Caro | Leadership Coach | Speaker | Facilitator | Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Consultant

When I started my journey as an entrepreneur, it was easy to only look at the number of clients or the bottom line as a measure of my success. That kind of short term and limited thinking can be stressful and unproductive. Numbers matter but they don’t tell the whole story, especially at the beginning. I also had a big vision that I hoped would happen overnight but of course things take time. So I would say that the single most important decision is to not allow the current circumstances or social proof determine what is possible. If I wouldn’t have had that type of mindset shift, I would have never gotten to the point of building a team to help support the big vision which is probably the second best decision. But everything starts with mindset. Read more>>

Sarah Turner | Copywriter & Copywriting Mentor

The number one thing that has contributed to my success is letting go of the old school ideas around how a business “should” be run and what success “should” look like. I’d argue there is a new way of doing work and it’s far more fulfilling. Meaning, you don’t have to work 40+ hours a week or constantly in competition to thrive. I found building my business from a place of abundance to be much more enjoyable and profoundly rewarding. Letting go of “shoulds” gave me a better work-life balance. Operating from abundance includes focusing on collaboration over competition, and taking time to check into my with my intuition. Following what feels right has allowed success to come more easily. Also, empowering my employees to take ownership of projects, make mistakes, and grow. Taking the time to ask: “Is this the *right* thing to do or something I believe I “should” do?” is a game-changer. Read more>>

Jim Krantz | Photographer/ Director

At an early age, I was discovered what I loved, I have never stopped doing it. Read more>>