They say life isn’t about the things that happen to you, but about the decisions you make. There’s a ton of coverage about the best decisions people have made, but not nearly enough conversation about the tough decisions. We asked folks we admire to tell us about the most difficult decision they’ve ever had to make and have shared some of those responses below.

Jett Wilson | Writer/Comedian/Producer

Letting go people that wasn’t meant to go to the next level with me. I was always trying to save everyone in every situation, I had to start putting myself first. Read more>>

Christian Ossohou | Photographer/Cinematographer

One of the most difficult decisions I had to make was choosing to focus on my business full time. It was an incredibly frightening choice to leave the financial stability of a traditional job for something that hasn’t yet provided that same level of stability. I’ve come to enjoy this arduous journey; I’m continually learning things that increase both my creative and business acumen, which give me a sense of fulfillment. Read more>>

Jenele Williams | Diversity Recruiter & Co-Founder of IslandFlava

Before 2020, I’d never been in situations where I had to make a tough decision. Life wasn’t easy or anything but most decisions were relatively straight forward. What color my prom dress would be, what college I’d be going to, and even beginning my career post grad – the decisions were no brainers. But the most difficult decision I’ve ever had to make came during the onset of the pandemic last year – I decided to take a step back from my career as a full-time technology consultant to refocus on my wellbeing. Like most people, the adjustment to working from home, worrying about family in NYC (and the world in general), and on top of that, beginning a stressful project at work was a recipe for stress. After talking with my doctors, my family, and a few trusted individuals at work, I decided to go on a leave of absence. The decision was definitely a tough one, since I can be my biggest critic. Read more>>