They say life isn’t about the things that happen to you, but about the decisions you make. There’s a ton of coverage about the best decisions people have made, but not nearly enough conversation about the tough decisions. We asked folks we admire to tell us about the most difficult decision they’ve ever had to make and have shared some of those responses below.

Elena Nicorici | Actress/Artist

I think, to this day, the most difficult decision I’ve ever made in my life was to say goodbye to my home country and start building a new life in the United States. For a long time I questioned if it was the best decision, but after 10 years I can say that this country gave me a lot in terms of life lessons for which I am grateful. It matured me, it gave me courage to persevere and brought me down to earth. Read more>>

Echo He | Galleriest, Curator, Millinery Artist and Writer

I started Fou Gallery in December 2013, with the goal to build a vibrant and organic art community to promote the creative talents and projects of contemporary time, especially artists and creators with connections to Asian culture. I curated four exhibitions in Fou’s first place, which is on the fifth floor of a modern apartment building in downtown Brooklyn. After one year, we lost the space. I kept looking for a new space while we curated two more exhibitions in an artist-run restaurant in Beijing, and a Chinese restaurant in New York. At the end of 2015, I finally found an ideal new home for the gallery in Stuyvesant Heights area in Brooklyn, which is a historic 1905 New York brownstone with original architectural details. However, the rent is more than my budget and the landlord hesitated to rent the space to me as I’m a new immigrant (with a cat). Read more>>

Jessie Spartano | Inspirational Rapper

I’d say my decision to move across the country to attend USC and leave everything I knew behind. That in itself is a major risk and to do it alone in a big city is incredibly intimidating. My family always wondered if I’d go back home once I graduated but I knew I was staying here for good to chase my dream. This was the hardest decision yet one of the best decision I’ve ever made. Read more>>

Nakia Rachon | Celebrity Hair Stylist | Beauty Consultant

The most difficult decision I’ve ever had to make was the choice to travel for work and leave my family. Not knowing when I would I finish a project I was booked to work on was a burden and took a toll on my relationship with my husband, kids, and immediate family/friends. Read more>>

Sonny Stojanovic | Recording Artist

The most difficult decision I have ever had to make was moving from Australia to the US to persue my career in music. This was a big decision as I had so many things to factor in. Moving my whole life to another country was more than just a plane ticket and a suitcase. Read more>>

Anthea Neri Best | Actor|Singer|Producer|Human Empowerment Ambassador

One of the most difficult decisions I ever had to make was, wether I was going to play it “safe” and continue the path that my parents, my culture and society had planned out for me or follow the path of uncertainty and fulfillment and follow my dreams. Read more>>

Dr. Vernell Deslonde | Business Coach, Author, & Speaker

The most difficult decision I’ve ever had to make was whether or not to become an entrepreneur. After my marriage ended unexpectantly, my life changed dramatically. I was left raising two young children alone, suffocating under more than one million dollars in debt, and living the day-to-day aftermath of self-doubt, self-blame, and self-defeat. I spent countless days, nights, and months struggling to move beyond limiting beliefs with no relief in sight. I was desperate and broken. I felt like a failure as a wife, mother, and woman. My self-worth splintered, and my life seemed to be falling apart. Everything felt barren, like a desolate wasteland. Read more>>