We asked rising stars from the community one of our favorite questions: other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?

Carlos Rodriguez | Creative

The most important decision I’ve taken for my career and myself overall has been to prioritize my emotional and mental wellbeing. I’ve found that no matter the goals one has in life, prioritizing one’s well-being, emotionally, physically, and spiritually will allow for those goals to work out above anything. Read more>>

Cathy Pedrayes | Media personality and safety content expert

Letting go of fear. The fear to post online, the fear of being embarrassed, the fear of being judged or being wrong or thinking something isn’t good enough. I’m still cautious and I put a lot of thought into what I do, but I’m not afraid of the outcome. Read more>>

Christina Callahan | President and founder of Harmony House Day Program

To always bet on myself and trust my gut feeling. For years I worked in a corporate setting and I would soften my voice or go against my gut for fear of overstepping my boundaries. Once I learned that you can make changes by playing it safe, I was able to truly blossom and thrive. Read more>>