We asked folks to tell us about the most important decisions they’ve made along their journey and have shared some of the highlights below.

Keilyn Licona | Chef & Entrepreneur

To me the most important decision that contributed to my success was continuing to stay ambitious and motivated throughout my journey. Through all the trials and tribulations that we all unfortunately have to go through , I have always decided to stay hungry, stay consistent, and motivated so that I can be successful. Even with all the curveballs life has thrown in my direction, I always made a way because I have been ambitious and I know I have a main goal to achieve. I believe being a single mother of 3 children kept me motivated because I want to break generational curses, I want my children to experience life completely with no worries. Read more>>

Amanda Cunningham | Fashion Accessory Designer & Industrial Engineer

LEARNING MY CRAFT!!!!! This has, by far, been the single most important factor when thinking about the success of my brand. I wanted to start a clothing accessory line. I didn’t know how to cut/sew fabric. I didn’t know anything about machine embroidery. I didn’t know about small business tax payments or qualitative marketing. I was ambitious, and above all, I had enough starting capital to where I felt comfortable relying on vendors and contractors to fulfill a vision that I had developed for MY business. Read more>>

Aderinsola Popoola | Photographer

The single most important decision that I made and has contributed to my success is to aim to be the best version of myself that I can be. In an industry such as photography, it is easy to get caught up in Imposter syndrome and compare myself and my work to other photographers and their work. I am unique in my journey and holding onto this decision has put me in a place where I regularly engage in self-evaluation. I look at myself and my work with constructive criticism and ask “what can I do to improve?” Read more>>