One of the most important lessons we learned is that our lives and our businesses will teach us along the way. We don’t need to know everything on day one because the challenges we face on day will likely be ones we are already equipped to handle. As we overcome challenges we get better and better and as the challenges increase in difficulty so too does our ability to tackle them.

We asked members of the community that we admire to share important lessons their business or career has taught them and have shared some of those responses below.

Sherry Shokoohi | Owner and Momtrepreneur

The most important thing this business has taught me is to be myself, and the business and/or relationships that are meant to come from it, will. I used to put so much emotion into jobs that I didn’t get or an opportunity that passed me by, and it took an emotional toll. I’ve learned to step back when necessary and focus on all the amazing client’s that DID give me that shot, and I put my all into every client that I work with… Which has thankfully blessed me with more amazing relationships and growth! Read more>>

Jezzy B | Professional DJ

To start appreciating all challenges. I was thrown into so many curve balls, but one thing that helped me overcome them was to accept them first, this helped with stress levels and anxiety that I used to experience when initially starting. As a DJ you never know what to expect! A client can switch everything last moment and you have to make it work! Read more>>

Shiqing Deng | Painter

I think my career as a artist taught me so much, make me be patient and focus on what I do, and getting to understand myself more and more. Read more>>

Danielle Schnapp | Danielle Schnapp | Founder of Eat Well with Danielle

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned along my entrepreneurial journey: “if you wait until you’re ready, you’ve waited too long”. If you’ve got something, GO FOR IT. Read more>>

Lisa Turkovic | Cake Artist

It is simply impossible to make everyone happy. This seems like an outdated notion, and maybe it is, but putting myself out there in this new artistic way was (and often still is) terrifying. I had to learn to trust myself and those closest to me when it comes to the appearance, flavor and quality of the cake art I make. Naturally, I want every customer that tastes and receives my cakes to be blown away with joy and happiness. But the truth is, you simply cannot please everyone. Especially when it comes to taste; it’s so subjective and personal. For example, I dislike salmon. I have tried it in every known prepared way. That doesn’t mean I don’t know what I like or what’s “good” just because someone else loves it. It simply means that I don’t like it; it’s not my thing. It in no way is a reflection of the worth of the chef or the kitchen staff that prepared it. Read more>>