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.

Charles Charlie” Shulman | Owner

I’ll never forget being in my early 20’s with eyes wider than ever, having just finished a tour of a friend, and automotive icon’s personal car collection hidden behind Rodeo Drive. Read more>>

Sunyin Zhang | Film Director/Editor/Screenw

I value creative collaboration a lot. I prefer t0 work with crews who trust and admire each other rather than just looking at their momentary achievements. Read more>>

Hiiro Tomita

The guaranteed way to lose at starting a business is to focus too much on making a profit. The more focus is spent on providing value to clients and creating the best possible experience for each order, the more guaranteed the business will grow. Word of mouth is powerful, value each transaction like it is your last. Read more>>

Hayley McCarthy | Actress

Be yourself. Unfortunately it’s a lesson I keep coming back to over and over. Ironically it’s quite hard to do. In the age of social media and comparison, it’s easy to fall into the trap of trying to be like your idols or thinking what you have to offer isn’t enough. Read more>>

Dehai Hill | YouTube Personality

“I cannot pour from an empty cup”. So much of bedside nursing is rooted in selflessness and being a patient advocate but I cannot care for my patients if I am not caring for myself. Thus, I have began implementing self care tactics on my days off from the hospital. Most notably, hiking at Griffith Park. Read more>>

Eddie Oppong | Creative Director

An important lesson my business/career has taught me is that there’s truly no time that success must happen. It’s timing is different for us all, and comes in it’s own ways. We mustn’t look left and right when on our journey of excelling in our crafts and passion. Read more>>

Destiny Muhammad | Artist, creative, model and entrepreneur

The most important lesson my business/career has taught me is to always be careful and aware of the energy you’re surrounding yourself around. Your environment and peers plays a huge role in your success. Read more>>

Dani Oglesby | Diverse Hair Artist

I’ve learned to stay in alignment with my goals no matter what, and every step I took as a hairstylist had to be a step in that direction.. A lot of people walking this Earth don’t have the capacity to see or believe beyond a certain limit. Read more>>

Remy Driscoll | Accessories & Clothing Designer

The most important lesson I’ve learned from being a creative professional and owning a small business is don’t be afraid to start over, to shift focus, or to try new things. During 2020/2021 I spent a lot of time evaluating my life, my career, and what I wanted those to look like, as I’m sure lots of people did. Read more>>