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.

Klassik Frescobar | Caribbean Artist

To go where you are celebrated, not where you are tolerated. Read more>>

Ana Duperval | Wardrobe Stylist & Creative Consultant

As with any business, the idea and goal is to make money. And lots of it, right?! Because a successful business is one that brings in the big bucks. But I’ve learned that the road to financial freedom, especially from starting your own business, can be a long one. And honestly after a while, it can be discouraging, particularly when you front the costs and are wondering or waiting on payment. Up until last year (because F*** 2020), I paid for inventory and other expenses with my debit or personal credit card [which affects your personal credit score – ugh]. So with the help of an accountability partner I started researching even more on how to properly allocate limited funds yet keep my small business afloat. What I’ve learned has been super pivotal, and it’s called “Business Credit”. Because I had properly set up my business already (ie registered with the state, opened a bank account, etc) I had access to capital that I could leverage!. Read more>>

Alyzza Flores | Writer

The most important lesson that Alyzza Speaks has taught me is to believe in myself. I was very skeptical before creating it, however, after seeing how many people relate to and support my vision I have learned that I was my biggest obstacle. I can now proudly say that I genuinely believe in myself and my craft. Read more>>

Marley Tulloch | Photographer & mentor

If your going to watch other people in your field, make sure it’s purely for motivation. Never compare yourself to someone else!. Read more>>

Brittney Jenkins | Cosmetologist

One Lesson That I Learned Is That You Will Have Good Days And Bad Days, Both Days Don’t Give Up. It Will All Pay Off Soon!. Read more>>