One of the most important lessons we learned is that our lives and our businesses will teach us along the way.  We don’t need to know everything on day one because the challenges we face on day will likely be ones we are already equipped to handle.  As we overcome challenges we get better and better and as the challenges increase in difficulty so too does our ability to tackle them.

We asked members of the community that we admire to share important lessons their business or career has taught them and have shared some of those responses below.

Taylor Donaldson | Theatre Maker, Graphic Designer, Marketing Guru

The most important lesson I’ve learned is that you are the only you. Even if there are a hundred other people that do what you do, no one does it exactly like you or has the exact same experience as you. Read more>>

Ashley Mukendi | Photographer & Graphic Designer

The most important thing that was hard for me to do or trust while having my business that had to deal with life overall. when times or situations get hard don’t just drop everything and give up, the harder the situation is the better the outcome will come out to be. The number one thing until this day I say is, maybe your season or time will s not just yet, it’s all in God hands it’s Gods timing not yours ! Read more>>

Dr. Mautra Staley Jones | President, Oklahoma City Community College

One of the most important lessons I have learned over the course of my career is embracing and demonstrating principles of servant leadership. As an administrator, leading by example matters a great deal and sets the tone for an organization. Creating a culture of service is critical to advancing any mission. In my current capacity, I am very fortunate to serve alongside brilliant, talented and dedicated governance (board of regents), faculty, staff, and alumni, all working to ensure the success of our students. The team I work with truly believes we are stronger together and that through service, our students can achieve any goal they desire to accomplish. Read more>>

Shannon Kelly | Educator and Entrepreneur

One important lesson that I have learned from having my own business is that you have to BELIEVE in yourself, your brand and your ability to help others. If you don’t believe in yourself and or your business then who will? That alone, in my opinion, is the most important lesson that being a business owner has taught me. Read more>>

Aanvi Krishna | Self-Published Author

Everyone’s life is vastly different; comparison will get you nowhere. While I agree with the fact that comparison can destroy creativity, self-esteem, and do more harm than good, sometimes, without comparison, we get stuck in an endless loop within our own mind. Read more>>