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.

Stefanie Barboza | Barboza Method Owner & Entrepreneur

The most important lesson always be ready to jump. Change is the only thing that is consistent in business. Always be able to bend within your surrounding, while staying true to your path. Be earthquake proof—move with what life throws at you, instead of crumbling in the face of it. When you are starting a business, or if you’re evolving, you need to accept that things will be different. Stay true to your mission. Identify what your business is, and make sure your voice as a brand is strong. Your business is forever changing and moving by the world, so make sure your voice is your foundation, no matter what challenges come your way. Read more>>

Ali Katz | Meditation Teacher & Animal Communicator

The most important lesson that I have learned along the way is to be truly authentic and to do things my way from the heart. There may be people that do what I do, but they don’t do it like ME! When I tried to do what I thought I “should do” because it was what other people were doing on social media for example, it never worked. My career really took off when I put blinders on to what what going on around me and just went for it in a way that felt authentic, relatable, and fun. I make meditation feel really doable because I teach meditation for the real world, and people respond so well when I make it feel really comfortable for them. I make animal communication, which is totally weird for a lot of people, feel really normal. I am just me, just Ali, all the time. Read more>>

Vipe Desai | Board Executive, Business Strategist & Philanthropist

Over the course of my career I’ve learned the importance of the word “trust” not just how it works in a professional setting but also at home. I believe we don’t put enough emphasis behind what it means to create an environment where trust is a sign of mutual respect and it has to come from the top. When a member of my team operates in a manner where they know that they have my complete trust, we have better results and are more prepared for any challenges that we may face – they trust that I am looking out for them and I know that they are going to give 100% to the team. The same can be said about using trust at home. My 9 y/o has my trust and I see it in his everyday actions that he doesn’t ever want to compromise that trust we have built. It allows him to make decisions on his own and I know he makes them knowing that he never wants to let me down and he respects our collective trust. So put simply, trust is a sign of mutual respect. Read more>>