We asked some brilliant folks from the community to tell us about the most important lesson their business or career has taught them. We’ve shared some of those responses below.

Lilliam Rodriguez, PhD | CEO & Clinical Psychologist

The most important lesson my career and business have taught me is that when things are going badly, chaotic or not working out and I feel like throwing the towel in, it is NOT the time to give up. When things are going awry, it is precisely the time to grind harder, innovate, reinvent and be creative. Every one of my career and business successes has been birthed out of an experience of failure. When you have failed at something, you are at your lowest, things can’t really get any worse. At that point you really only have two choices; walk away and give up completely or pivot. Having the ability to pivot from failure is the definition of resilience. Resilience has nothing to do with how smart you are, how many resources you have or how much success you can achieve. Resilience is about taking negative circumstances and experiences that were meant for your detriment and using them as a catalyst for growth and transformation. Learning this lesson and building my resiliency is the single most important lesson I have learned in my career and what I consider the life support for entrepreneurship. Read more>>

JC Gutierrez | Film Director & Writer

Making art is beautiful. And I’ve always surrounded myself with art and with people who love art. However, I’ve discovered that to truly make art that impacts people and that shatters expectations and pushes boundaries, you have to make yourself uncomfortable. You have to work day and night—being meticulous and tireless. It’s going to take more effort than most people are willing to give, if you wanna make something unique. Art is beautiful. But there is a whole bunch of blood sweat and tears that should go in to every detail of your work. Read more>>

Mariia Yastremska | Model

Be yourself and don’t compare yourself with anyone. Read more>>