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.

Peyton Mosley | Calligrapher & Hand Lettering Artist

The most important lesson I have learned from owning a small business is that you have to make time for what is important to you. In this day and age, time seems to be in short supply. How many times have you wanted to do something, but said “I don’t have time for that.” It is super easy for this mindset to hold you back! Instead, approach things from the mindset of: How can I make time for this? To start, find a 15 minute period in your day, and put it on your calendar. Blocking out time like this makes it a “must do” instead of an “if I have time.” Time is precious, but prioritizing what’s important to you makes all the difference! Read more>>

Samantha Reinsel | Aesthetic Registered Nurse-Owner of The Beauty Mark RN

The most important lesson my career has taught me is to take the risk on yourself. I recently started my own business this past year and it has been the scariest yet most rewarding year of my life. I have had a lot of personal setbacks and professional setbacks as well. Looking on the outside in I think anyone would tell me that I was crazy going out completely on my own. I actually was at happy hour with a successful aesthetic nurse practitioner who told me to just go for it. I at the time thought you’re crazy. But now 6 months later I am grateful for her encouraging me to step out my comfort zone. I would have never thought 5 years ago that I would be a small business owner. Read more>>

Pamela J. Goodwin | CEO

I wrote a book “One Cent Lemonade to Million Dollar Deals – 25 Jobs & 25 Lessons I Wish I learned Sooner” there are no shortcuts to success but the #1 lesson learned was if you are not waking up on Monday mornings loving what you are doing you are not doing your passion. After working in corporate America on the Landlord and Tenant side, I decided in 2006 to get out of my comfort zone of a salary and benefits to start my own boutique development and brokerage commercial real estate firm. It was the best decision I have ever made. I love working on my business seven days a week. The benefits of having the freedom to work as hard as I want, or take a longer vacation, or to market in creative ways and not having to ask anyone. If you are not waking up on Monday loving your work it is time to quit and do what you love. Read more>>