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.

Charis Reese” Jones | Singer

In life there will be highs and lows, your success is contingent upon how you use each experience to learn, grow and become impactful. This started for me as a baby, after birthing complications, it was stated that I would not be able to speak, let alone sing, as the umbilical cord was wrapped so tightly around my neck causing breathing damage, resulting in having a deviated septum. Read more>>

Desiree Orien Tay | Musician

The most important lesson that I learned from doing music, is to always be respectful. Being respectful could mean many things, such as the way you treat the backstage crew, the time you take to respond to emails, or even simply arriving on time to gigs. In my experience, being respectful is a necessary component of professionalism. Read more>>

David Ruelas | Entrepreneur, Commercial Photographer, Designer & Painter

I would say building relationships with the right people that fit me. I consider it a dance, some people you can dance with and others not. Building this network of individuals, allowed me to have the flexibility, and lifestyle that I enjoy and work for. Read more>>