Often we don’t have to reinvent the wheel to learn something new – we can just ask experts in the field who can draw on their experience to enlighten us. Below, we’ve shared insights insiders from various industries have shared with us.

Sean Grogan-Wheeler | Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & Jeet Kune Do Instructor

In Jiu Jitsu it takes approximately 10 years to receive a black belt. Only two out of a thousand who start ever make it to that level. Dedication and perseverance is the only way to achieve the honor of earning a black belt. Read more>>

Heather Boye | Hospitality Sales, Marketing Fanatic & Industry Leader

I feel that working in hospitality, especially on the events/attraction side, that outsiders think everyday is a party. Well, it’s not. Of course that’s the end goal but there are a ton of logistics involved in the background of every move we make. If it’s a special one-off event that requires something outside the box, so then you have to rethink that box, or a new public offering that requires a spin on a classic. Sure, when it’s all done, the guests only see a party, but the rest of us know all the hard work it took to get there. Read more>>

Elisabeth Sullivan | Artist specializing in Paintings and Murals & Singer-Songwriter

That it’s really, really hard work! Creativity is definitely a precious gift, but it isn’t all just fun and freedom of expression. When you choose to make a living with art, it comes with all the things about it that aren’t always fun or creative. You have to keep producing no matter what, whether you’re feeling inspired at the moment or not. You sometimes have to accept projects that you’re not particularly excited about so you can eat. You have to continuously market yourself and put yourself in view of the public as often as possible, which for me is often very uncomfortable. I think there’s often a misconception that you’re either a “starving artist” or you’ve “made it”. I think the truth for a lot of artists, and myself in particular is somewhere in between the two. It seems to me that there isn’t just one big break and then you’ve made it. There are a lot of ups and downs and you just have to keep at it and work tirelessly. It’s literally like having 5 full time jobs. Read more>>