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.

Kristin Reveles | Fashion & Lifestyle Blogger

One of the most important lessons being in my blogging career taught me was to be true to myself no matter what anyone thinks. I’ve always gotten the same compliment from anyone I have met in person or talk to on social media that I’m not like a regular blogger, I’m genuine and that has been the most biggest compliment to receive. To stay genuinely to yourself is what makes you always stand apart from anyone is my advice. Read more>>

Shakira Reedus | Actresspreneur

It has taught me to take risks which is important! The universe blesses those that take risks. Not taking risks means you’re holding yourself back with fear. i wanted my business to progress and grow, which means i had to do new things i had no idea how to execute, but i made it happen with little to no resources anyways. Read more>>

Rachael Markarian | Actress, Pro-Dancer & Educator

I’ve been fortunate to choose a career that offers an abundance of life lessons, so it’s hard to pinpoint what’s been the most important one for me. I will say that in the Entertainment Industry, working as both a Professional Dancer & Master Teacher for over 18yrs now, and working as a Film & TV Actress, being your biggest fan is probably one of the most important lessons I’ve learned and attributes you can have as a performer. This business can be hard, it can also be rewarding, there have been highs and lows as any artist can attest to, but it’s the importance of knowing your worth, the value you bring to the table and the unwavering faith you have in yourself that’ll keep you motivated and proud to bet on yourself. Read more>>

Amira Polack | CEO & Founder

Appreciate people’s humanity – including your own. An economy that increasingly fosters an always-on workaholism has risked reducing human value to “productivity” and dollars. Remember: a) you would certainly not value the people you love by the yardstick of their career and business success; b) the people who work with and for you are also humans; c) you are not your work. This gets harder and harder to remember, but when we do remember to value and appreciate people’s humanity, we remember kindness, we remember to say “thank you,” and perhaps, we remember that the purpose of business, career, and money are to serve *humanity,* and not the other way around. Read more>>

Mary Breedlove | Owner & Founder

Adaptability. Gone are the days of a traditional, linear career trajectory, for most. I personally love change. I have moved quite a lot in my life and have now had about 4 different careers, give or take. I used to feel insecure about my need for change – like I was an unsettled person. But now I look at it as an asset. Each of these moves and careers has taught me to be adaptable in new situations and led me to where I am now. I believe there is much to learn from pushing your personal boundaries of comfort. When I opened Breedlove Beauty Lab, I learned that every single day was going to offer up a new challenge. Even the most detailed business plan cannot predict the real-life situations that will arise daily. Read more>>

Rebecca Galarza | Actress

“Preparation meets opportunity”. I know that in this world some people just get lucky or have that “it” factor that skyrockets them to “the top” so to speak. But more often than not, you will be presented with an opportunity that will require you to perform, to show up and present that skill that is yours. If you are lucky enough to get that opportunity, I think you need the training and balance to maintain it. Being an actor can be very emotionally taxing because the highs are so high and the lows are so low, so having that training ensures that no matter what is happening, you know how to deliver authentically, gracefully and quickly, because time is money as they say. Read more>>

Kristen C. Tiessen | Creative Entrepreneur

It’s easier to fix things than it is to get started! I can be a bit of a perfectionist. I want to make sure I have a solid plan with all the questions answered before I get started, but I’ve come to realize that sometimes (most of the time), it’s better just to take action. Things are never as scary as I expect they will be, and everything is “figureoutable.” Planning is essential, of course, but at some point, you just have to get started already. The hardest move is the first move, but once you have a little momentum, it’s easy to keep things going, and you can perfect over time. Read more>>

Chantal Cherry | Choreographer, Performer & Dance Film Maker

Time management and simply showing up to do the work. Being a self-employed artist requires a lot of self motivation and often a lot of time and effort goes into a project with seemingly little reward until months later. I am very deliberate with my time. Usually, on a Sunday, I write down what I’d like to accomplish in the coming week and then divide the workload between the days, setting goals to be achieved by the end of each day. The most important part of being a choreographer is doing the work. The work is the foundation. There can be no performance if there is nothing to perform. Read more>>

David Yaghootian | Finance Manager & Luxury Automotive Manager

My career has taught me to not rush to the end destination. Enjoy the journey and don’t rush because it can actually set you back. Rushing to the end destination isn’t always the fastest route to success. You never know how many opportunities can open up during your journey. It can branch off to many different life paths. Read more>>

Andrea Walker-williamson | CEO, Author, Grief Speaker, Storyteller & Life Skills Specialist

The most important lesson that my career has taught me is that we are constantly learning and as we approach different situations it’s fine to complete a goal by taking another route. I personally am great at planning events and creating projects. However, there are so many things that go wrong in the process of executing the projects. I’ve learned that as long as my team and I are determined to get it done, we can work through each problem that may occur. I’ve also learned that success is determined by results based on the goal at hand. Originally I believe that my personal goals were based on money when I first started working in the arts but while working my business I realized that I value people much more than I value money. Read more>>

Charles Gray | Writer & Director

The most important lesson that my career has taught me is that listening can be your most valuable superpower. I know we all want to bust through the gates swinging and be innovative creatures, causing a riptide through the power lines that pulsate through the people. But sometimes our sensitive natures can make us defensive without actually *listening* first. Valuing the needs of the person you are serving or collaborating with can help take the ego out of the process. I am confident in my career now to admit that I had to learn this lesson by failing upward. Sometimes, we need to listen to what is not being said just as much as what is. If someone says, “I’m fine” as a response to “how are you?”, then maybe we have to redirect our questions to be more laser focused—So that we can be better informed on how to move forward. Read more>>

Tristin Alexandria | Filmmaker

My artform is filmmaking. For me, I consider myself a painter of moving images. I’ve been fortunate enough to arrive in Hollywood fresh from the United Kingdom and having no connections and over a course of several years of hard work in the independent circuit move through pilot television to films and finally, as of 2019, I completed my first feature-film. Making my first feature-film a few months ago was a tremendous milestone to reach. I chose to acknowledge at the beginning of 2019 that no one in Hollywood was waiting with a million-dollar check for me to direct a film, I chose to instead look at that as an advantage, and create my own opportunity. And that was how my film, currently titled The Tenth Lodge, was born. Read more>>

Kim Ohanneson | Whisky Ambassador & Certified Spirits Specialist

Trusting my instinct was crucial to starting my business and continues to be a guiding force. If I have a gut feeling that something is viable, I’ll move forward, even if I don’t have all the details figured out. Sometimes that involves more work but I’ve never regretted that philosophy. Read more>>