We asked some of the brightest folks in the community to open up to us about the most important lesson their business or career has taught them. We’ve highlighted some of those responses below.

Esmeralda Elizondo | Salon owner and Hairstylist

I would say the most important lesson my business has taught me, has been that patience is key. Not everything is going to go as planned, there will definitely be bumps in the road and you may think that nothing is moving or happening but it is! Everything happens when it is supposed to happen. You have to be patient so everything can happen the way it is supposed to. Read more>>

Deshondra Gilstrap | Mommy Blogger & Content Creator

Over the years I have learned that it is okay to take a step back for a moment. I use to put so much on my plate from running my business, taking care of my kiddos, trying to self care in between and so much more. But as I get older I realize in order for me to be all in when it comes to my brand I can not forget about me because if I’m not right my business will not succeed. I tell people all the time it’s okay to take a break but just don’t give up. Read more>>

Bryant Rhodes | Founder/Lead Designer

I find that being true to myself is the most important thing that has helped me succeed. I never compromise my integrity in a business situation and always give one hundred percent on any design project. Read more>>

Diamond Franklin | Photographer/Creative Director

I believe the most important lesson that starting this small business has taught me, is if it is something you are genuinely not passionate about it will seem like a chore to do. Staying motivated to continue when you lack support of those close to you, financial stability, and get into creative ruts will take a toll on your drive. Despite the hardships, my photography is an extension of me and it is something that I genuinely enjoy doing. Read more>>