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.

Isaac Tillman | Actor & Author

My career has taught me that being successful in the entertainment industry is more than just the right place, right time. Success is all about being prepared for the job and knowing the right people as well. Sure, you can end up in the best audition of your life. However, if you’re not ready to show your ability at its best, you will lose that chance in a heartbeat. Read more>>

Garz Chan | Chinese Energy Healing Practitioner

That it’s not about me. It’s about being of service to others; helping community, society, humanity. How can I use my strengths to contribute to making the world a better place? Adding any kind of value creates contentment and fulfillment for everyone. Everyone has a story, trauma, karma, pain, and blindspots. If we can help each other, the world will be a nicer place for all of us to live. And people can change. They can transform, transmute and transcend their pain into purpose. Magic and miracles are available to all of us. Read more>>

Monica Gragg | Co-Founder, Black Women Drone

I’m a woman and a person of color. If I believed what people said or thought about me solely based on my gender or race, I would have never applied for the jobs I wanted or asked for what I know I deserved. I’ve had supervisors, now friends, tell me years later that they almost didn’t hire me because they heard that Black women would be difficult or that they didn’t think a woman could handle the role. So I learned early in my career to never let stereotypes, ignorance, or people’s words dictate my career. Read more>>