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.

Katrina Noelle | Founder & President of KNow Research

The decision my team and I make every day; the decision to stay curious. Curiosity, flexibility, open-mindedness, a willingness to stay on the path of learning, experimentation – and even stumbling and failing along the way – are fundamental to maintaining a beginner’s mindset. And it’s that mindset that helps experts retain a position of leadership and mastery in their chosen fields. Read more>>

Morvarid Reyes Talebzadeh | Cinematographer

Every day is full of new opportunities, I decided to be open to being wrong. This single decision enabled me to stay curious and examine concepts that were different from the ones I was already convinced of. I choose curiosity when I get up and make sure I don’t miss any opportunities that “being right” will undoubtedly make me miss. When we admit what we don’t know, it increases the chance that someone who does know will offer to help. Read more>>

Dr. Keena Mosley | Leadership Strategist & Executive Coach

This question is tricky for me because I believe that any lasting success comes from a series of steps. However, there is one decision that made all of this a reality. In 2006, I took the leap to become self-employed. It was both scary and short-lived and in 6 months I went back to the same job that I resigned from. Fast-forward to 2019, I had much more experience, greater connections, and better resources. Read more>>

Joanna Burke | known as Miss Jojo, providing education & enrichment to children ages 3-10

I would say that the single MOST IMPORTANT THING that ANY of us can do in life is to be ourselves. When I finally made the decision to stop being what/who I thought everyone else wanted me to be & I stopped trying to “fit in” well…that is where I found true freedom & Jojo’s Dance Divas & Dudes started to gain momentum. I am Miss Jojo, a person who LOVES Children, Toys, Playgrounds, Disney Musicals, Stuffed Animals etc…I chose to color my hair blue & am allowing my BIG OVER THE TOP personality to lead me both in the classroom & on camera. Read more>>

Jordan Dollard | Retail Strategist

When I first started my company, it was actually a retail store, not the consulting firm we are today. About three years into operating, I had slowly taken on work planning pop-ups, open air markets, and consulting with other retailers. I came to a crossroads where I had to decide between the two sides of the business: one that I had spent years of my life building or the side of the business that offered opportunity, but was unknown. Read more>>