We asked some of the brightest folks in the community to open up to us about the most important lesson their business or career has taught them. We’ve highlighted some of those responses below.

Maelynn Le | Food Photographer and travel food blogger

I think the most important lesson that my career has taught me was patients is key and you have to work for what you want to achieve your goal. I knew that building myself as a content creator and food photographer was not going to be easy but I always felt that there was a certain deadline that I wanted to reach or I wanted this opportunity at a time frame. I think I was impatient having these thoughts inside my head saying “I need to be this age in order to be successful” or “in this amount of time, I want this opportunity and if I don’t reach that deadline, it’s over.” Read more>>

Paul Dimech | Owner/Operator of Paul’s Paellas

When you know you are right you are never outnumbered. For historical reasons I will not get into here, how paella is prepared can stir up very strong emotions amongst traditionalist. My artistic version of paella initially generated a good deal of criticism and hate mail from both paelleros in Spain and from Americans of Spanish descent. Regardless, I never doubted the potential of my artisan paellas and, after some time, managed to make believers out of former critics, Read more>>

Margarita Yagudaev Pinhas | Success Coach& Yoga Instructor RYT 500

I learned that everything is up to me, and I am the only one who can see the vision clearly. Since I have started my transformation process, I have overcome many challenges, and now I am reminded on a daily basis that I have made the right decision. I’ve always known that we can make a change in the work one step at a time, and I prefer to be on the active side by making a change that ultimately bring people together and showing them that all of us can be successful. Read more>>

Jesus M. Espinosa | Founder & Owner- DJ SWISH

Start with WHY, always. The WHY is the fuel that drives the HOW and leads your business to the WHAT. Regardless of the business or industry, it is important to always start off with a clear understanding of what passion is taking a hold of the wheel. Simply put, why are you doing what you’re doing? Next, is the process of figuring out how you are going to materialize what you want to do, doing so in a manner that displays your passion and drive. This roadmap will then lead your business to it’s final destination of whatever service or good it is you’re providing. Read more>>