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.

Kevin Reece | Photographer

How to be professional at all times, because you are being watched at all times. How to be able to take no for an answer. How to be early not so much on time. You are not a fan, you are there to document the event. Get to know the PR people. Read more>>

Jasmine Hughes | Decorator & Event Planner

The most important lesson I have learn is that, people pay you to do something they can’t do. The way you put out your product or service defines the type of business you run and the type of business you are upholding. You wouldn’t want to push out or present something they could’ve did on their own. Every experience should be an experience and a memory. Read more>>

Kevin Ly | Visual Artist

To me, the most important lesson, not just in my career but in general is to always put people first. In whatever I create and whatever project I am working on, I want to be able to include people in it. I am very grateful and very lucky to say that the reason I am who I am today is from the help of others. Read more>>

Alexard Esther | Haitian actress

The most important lesson my career has taught me is to Believe in the power of failure. It’s the best way to learn. And since I’m from Haiti my mom always told me “Just remember to learn from your mistakes, and not to repeat the same ones”. Read more>>

Marie Solimena | Actress

Do not get discouraged by a “No”. I’m an actress, in L.A., I probably get 10 “no” a day, but I’ve learnt not put myself down because of it, it’s normal. At first, I was doubting my acting skills and my talent, and I still do sometimes, but then I’ve learnt that there’s so many other factors that depend on you booking the role or not. Now, I see a rejection as a way to keep pushing forward and achieve my goal. I’m driven by my purpose and I know someday I’ll achieve what I want. Read more>>

Kendra Puryear | Chief Development Officer, Orangewood Foundation

Don’t be afraid of your emotions. Instead of always trying to keep your emotions in check, use them to guide your career and the choices you make along the way. Working for non-profits, I have had to come to terms with the fact that crying is a normal part of the job and nothing to be ashamed of. I try to channel my emotional energy into making change and connecting genuinely with people who care about this work as much as I do. Read more>>

Jessica Escobedo, L.Ac., MAOM | Licensed Acupuncturist & Herbalist

The most important lesson my business and career has taught me thus far is to not get in my own way. I had done so when I was first starting out. I wasn’t completely confident in my abilities as a business owner because everything was new and intimidating. From deciding on how I wanted my business to feel and look, down to the tax filing paperwork…It was all new to me, scary even. I was fresh out of school, ready to take on the world with healing but not sure how to go about that. My fear led me to miss some great opportunities. It even led to clouding my vision of how far I wanted to take my business. Read more>>

Eleni Pallas | Executive Coach & Human-Centric Leading Champion

To become responsible for my emotions and behavior to life and work occurrences. That means that I decide how to feel and respond in any situation. Obviously there are automatic experiences such as grief upon learning bad news, yet in most cases, I can determine how to interpret things that happen, which affects how I feel. As a change-maker who brings counter-culture ideas and solutions into the world, I can decide to accept criticism in a way that hurts me or helps me learn. That’s a lesson that’s beneficial for all of us to learn! Read more>>

Camille Collard | Artist and business owner

I am a perfectionist. It’s something that I simply cannot escape, and at times it has been an overwhelming struggle factor for me and my business and artistic endeavors. Over the process of starting my creative outlet of self portraits during the early covid days, and my baking kit business, I have really been forced to take a step back. To take a breath. When you strive for perfection all of the time, the burnout can be deeply rooted, cause some serious self loathing and completely stunt any creative process/inspiration. I cannot tell you how many times I knew a shoot was going poorly and I just powered through hoping it would work out if I just kept at it. Read more>>

Akima Kai | Underwater photographer and Wood artist

1, I am not a customer. 2, Always need other brain to ask. 3, Forgive yourself at some point. Since I opened my own gallery in 2019 in North Shore, Oahu Hawaii. I am learning so much from a lot of people. (Special thank you for my coworker Kit and Leina.) 1, I only choose BEST photography for me to display in the gallery, but sales associates always asked me “let us choose your photography for sale” and they always surprise me, I won’t to choose these images but when I print what I don’t like sometimes that the print sold really quick, so I am not a customer, if you don’t like something, somebody likes it. I was too stubborn to listen someone’s advice but now I try to listen other people’s opinion. Read more>>