The Decision Makers Series is one of our staff’s favorite because decision making is a topic that so many of us have studied deeply.

Berta Medina | Adventure Coach

I believe that the single most important decision I made that contributed to my success has been to focus on an impact-driven bottom line. The moment I made the decision to let my WHY be about what contributions I could make to our world as a result of my business success, everything changed. Read more>>

Stef Mauler | Independent Educational Consultant & College Coach

Starting a business is frightening. The decision to leave the comforts of an established company with a consistent paycheck and secure benefits is fraught with self-doubt. “Do I have the expertise that I need?” “Will people purchase what I am selling?” “Will I earn enough income for the business to survive?“ “What if I fail?” In this world of uncertainty, it is tempting to adjust the business strategy to get those first sales and establish a customer base. The most important decision I made in launching The Mauler Institute, LLC was to decide early on what was inside and outside my box of expertise and to remain disciplined about the clients I would take and those I would decline. While it is difficult to turn down revenue, remaining committed to my strategy helped me to clearly articulate the specific value that I offer to collegebound students and how I differ from my colleagues in the educational consulting industry. Often, entrepreneurs who are launching a new product or service are told to “fake it until you make it” and worry that admitting lack of knowledge or ability will damage their credibility in the marketplace. Read more>>

Jodi-Kay Edwards | Business Coach and Visibility Strategist

Will Smith once shared a Rumi quote that said “set your life on fire, seek those who fan your flames” and went on to add that the prerequisite for spending time with any person is that they feed your fire, that they fan your flame by nourishing and inspiring you. He also shared how he is always surrounded by people who support him, he’s always surrounded by people who fan his flame. We can do a quick check to see if we are surrounded by people who fan our flame or dim our light by checking the last five people we texted. Will Smith ended by reminding us that not everyone deserves to be around you and that you have to defend your light with your life. The way I see it, before I share my energy with someone in person or even via text or direct message, I like to ask myself if this person will fan my flame or dim my light. The single most important decision I’ve made that has contributed to my success is that I’m mindful of who I engage with. It’s easy for me to cut people off if it doesn’t feel in alignment. Read more>>

Juliun Starks | Photographer

I would say that it’s the fact that I never enjoyed any aspect of the typical 9-5 job. I needed to do something where my mind was engaged creatively. I needed to be in an environment, with others, that allowed me to create something that means something. Photography really has provided me with the exact outlet that I needed. Read more>>

Adrianne Cooper | CEO / Cooper’s Credit Consulting International

Going back to school to obtain Masters in Business Administration really helped me to increase my business knowledge and accounting practices. It also prepared me for economic growth and having a better my understanding of environmental obligations plus local community contributions. Read more>>