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.

Inez Gonzalez Perezchica | Educator, public advocate, change agent.

The most important lesson that my career taught me is that you don’t need to know what you want to do for the rest of your life. Changing jobs, sectors, careers worked out for me perfectly. Now that I’m in my fifties I can say that, but when I was younger the consistent question about what I should do next was very frustrating to me. I couldn’t believe that at forty, I was still wondering what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. When I share this story with college students or young professionals I see relief in their faces, because there is this false expectation that you should know what you want to do for the rest of your life. Read more>>

Sierra Richardson | Wedding Planner and Event Coordinator

The most important lesson that my business has taught me is that it is crucial to show up every day for yourself and then you will have no problem standing out to others. Things in my career have not always turned out the way I have imagined but only better because I did not give up on my big dream. Some days are harder than others: I am working sixty plus hours, I have not had time to spend with my husband, I have been staring at the computer for ten hours, and I am taking phone consultation after phone consultation. Read more>>

Marcus Belgrove | President & Founder You Saved Me Foundation

The most important lesson my career in nonprofit community outreach has taught me is the opportunity to offer compassion, dignity, gratitude, solidarity, and the importance of fighting hunger and poverty in the San Diego community and beyond. Learning to see unhoused neighbors as an opportunity for success and not as the problem, but the solution. Read more>>

Shani Marq | Model, Actor, Influencer

The most important lesson my career has taught me is that consistency is key. I’ve learned that as long as I maintain consistency, no matter how long it takes, I will achieve my goals. Read more>>