We’ve been fortunate to connect with so many brilliant, thoughtful entrepreneurs and creatives and we regularly ask them about the most important lessons they’ve learned over the course of their careers. We’ve shared some highlights below.

Elizabeth Baltazar | Certified Personal Trainer

Adapt and flow. Life is unpredictable and as much as we try to plan, schedule and foresee what’s on the horizon, life has its own plan so the ability to adapt and flow is essential. A lot of personal training is about control. Schedules, sets, reps, weights, time under tension, programming, there’s a lot of things that need certainty in order to get results. The flip side to that is that clients are human and their bodies and capabilities and they way they feel in a gym will impact all of these variables. As a successful trainer you need to adapt and flow to changes, injuries, moods, schedules and energy levels just to name a few variables. If you can’t think on your feet and problem solve with a positive attitude, it can throw you and you’re client off their game. Read more>>

Johan Engman | CEO and Founder, Rise & Shine Hospitality

Don’t be afraid to fail, and when you do fail pick yourself up immediately and keep on pushing. Failure, or “temporary setbacks” is part of it. Read more>>

Bethany Anderson | Intuitive Healer & Yoga Inspirer

In order to be successful, figure out what works for yourself and your business. What works for others will not always work for you. I tried so hard to push my business through social media outlets but I truly am an introvert. I hate taking pictures and spending so much time and energy on my social media platforms. The majority of my business has been thrived through personal referrals and by word of mouth. My energy work and the clientele I have acquired was built entirely on trust. Even when working with a client for the first time, they trust me because someone they trusted told them about my work. Read more>>

Kurt + Katie Duggleby | Co-Lead Pastors | Restoration Church

One of the most important lessons I have learned is the importance of engaging in a community before that community is needed. Investing in other entrepreneurs, mentors, friends, clients, in order to build connection and friendship long before you need them for a deal, a sale, or in a crisis – makes the journey of life and leadership much more fulfilling. Everyone needs safe people that can provide candor, challenge, and encouragement along the journey. Prioritizing those kinds of relationships early on ensures that when you have to push through a more difficult season, a change in structure or strategy, or scale to the next level that people will know that they can count on you, and you, in turn, can depend on them. Read more>>

Billy Hassan | Small Business Owner

This is a question my former colleagues or friends/family ask quite a lot. I think the most important lesson that I’ve learned is persistence is key. Every business has hurdles/challenges, but being persistent in your goals is truly one of the best ways to grow your business (or even yourself as a person). Read more>>