We asked some brilliant folks from the community to tell us about the most important lesson their business or career has taught them. We’ve shared some of those responses below.

Michaelanthony | MIKECOOL – The Most Versatile Millennial DJ

Pursuing a career in djaying has taught me the ability to step out of my comfort zone. I wouldn’t have gotten this far in my career if I was still living in my own comfort. I’ve learned the ability to ease my nerves when performing in front of crowds of people who don’t know who I am. I have exchanged conversations with some of the most influential people in the entertainment industry. I’ve learned how to work with different kinds of people and personalities. I learned how to balance my emotions when things don’t go my way. Making a name yourself as an artist and dj is such a rollercoaster. You’ll have many highs and many lows, but I have braced myself with grit over the years. Seven years in the game and I feel like I’m barely starting. Read more>>

Andrea Tijmes | Licensed Acupuncturist and Nutritional Therapist

The most important lesson my career has taught me is that you can spend years learning your craft in school. and then assume that once you graduate you will finally be ready and know everything – wrong. I spent 4+ years studying Chinese Medicine, and it was a tough journey. What I learned once I was done with school was so much more than I expected, and it was something I would never learn until I threw myself into the deep-end. Read more>>

Brittney Levine | Style & Trend Expert

It’s hard to nail down just one answer to this question. I feel that one of the most important lessons this business has taught me, has been the significance of making great relationships. Your relationships and reputation are truly everything and it’s amazing how small, especially in television, our industry is. I have been brought up learning to “always treat people the way you want to be treated.” There’s a good chance that you will work with someone that you once worked with ten years ago, and you want to be remembered for your best character traits. Read more>>

Sam Yi | Professional golfer / ceo of storyigolf

The most important lesson I have learned so far is to not be afraid/or care about what others think or say. Throughout this process of starting a brand and also being a professional golfer, I’ve learned that you won’t be able to please everyone and not everyone is going to like what you come out with. Loving what you do and how you do it , is true success for me. If you love what you do, there is longevity written all over it, if you do not what you think others will like then I feel it is a temporary project. Read more>>

KayLa N. Allen, MPH | Dr. KayLa N. Allen | Transformational Coach & Expert on Shaping Thriving Futures

Oftentimes, people will create a business based on how much money they can make or how they can become famous. I have found that the most important lesson to learn when it comes to my career is that the only way that I can succeed is by being myself (and then some). See, we all have an opportunity to achieve our goals, but we may slip if we do not incorporate that which makes us unique into our efforts and daily practices. Read more>>

R T | Artist

Starting a business is easy. Running a business is f***ing hard. Read more>>

Tara Sands | Voice Actor

Being a freelance worker has taught to be adaptable and flexible. There are often last minute schedule changes that are out of my control, and I am someone who likes to schedule and plan. This type of work moves me out of my comfort zone and forces me to roll worth the punches, which I am grateful for. Read more>>

Makala Williams | | Principal Designer + Creative Director

Well, I woke up one summer morning and it was unusually quiet in my house, which was odd because I have two small children and rarely is it completely silent! Lol! Anyway, I decided to meditate and take advantage of this peaceful moment, and I’m beyond grateful that I did because the end result was unforgettable. Soon after the quiet had passed, thoughts, ideas and strategies suddenly came to mind. The informal directives were clear and concise, so I wrote everything down in a journal and began planning what my business would look like from that moment forward. I still jot down notes in that journal to this day — in the margins, compiling sticky notes inside & out, it’s literally overflowing with creativity and travels with me everywhere I go in my big mommy-bag! Read more>>