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.

Kelli Byrdsong | Hairstylist/Salon Owner

The most important lesson my business/career has taught me is consistency and patience. I’ve learned you have to stay consistent in anything you want to grow. Running a successful business takes time. Entrepreneurship is agreeing to take the road less traveled while having faith that it will be a success. My career/ business has definitely taught me patience. In the process of growing my business/ clientele is where I learned all the valuable lessons. In the process I’ve learned what and what not to do. To have longevity in this industry you have to stay consistent and create ways to step out the box. Read more>>

Kiauna Owens | Christian Doula & Brestfeeding Advocate

One of the most important lessons I have learned is to follow my dreams even if I am afraid. Often times I have found that God meets me on the other side of my fear and I am able to push forward with my purpose to serve others. Read more>>

Samanda Marshall-Sawyer | The EntrePRAYneur®-Business Strategist & Speaker

The most important lesson my business has taught me so far is to not despise small beginnings and to embrace every pivotal moment. When I started my business over 7 years ago I wasn’t fully prepared for the journey and I didn’t have all the resources I felt that I needed. However, I started my business anyway. I was blessed to have several mentors that helped me in different areas of my business. I will always remember what one of them said to me and that was, “Do not despise small beginnings”. Several years after starting my business I started to realize exactly what that really meant. Starting and maintaining a business is not for the faint at heart. It takes faith, determination, and a lot of action and patience. Being an entrepreneur is a blessing and a challenge. You have to show up when you don’t feel like it and make so many sacrifices that can help you rather than hinder your progress. What I have learned is that you have to start somewhere. Read more>>

Dora Chu | DoraSpectacular/Online Personality

The most important lesson that I’ve learned is that no man is an island- in my case- no fashionista is an island. I’ve been humbled to see how much help I receive from my spectacular team, and how much I need their help. If I say more- that would be giving away my trade secrets😅. Read more>>