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.

Liz & Lisa Fenton & Steinke | Co-Authors & Podcast Hosts

That failure is part of success. The key is to fail forward–to learn from mistakes and become better. No matter how many books we sell, there are still key lessons we learn-whether it’s about our writing process or publicity, there is constant room for improvement. After each novel is released, we get together and assess what we did well, and what could have been better, and then apply what we’ve learned to the next book. Read more>>

Alisha Hawrylyszyn Frank | Healer || Life Coach, Reiki Master, Yoga Instructor, Meditation Teacher & Write

As an entrepreneur in wellness I feel that the most profound lessons I have learned are to trust my intuition and to always be conscious of my true intention. These two “rules” allow me to be authentic and live within my true Purpose. Read more>>

Elizabeth Anne | Goldsmith & Jewelry Designer

Not to jeopardize my integrity to get something done quickly. Meaning; don’t cut corners to make it easier on yourself right now, because it will seriously come back to bite you in the long run. That’s something I can say for when I’m making jewelry or just living life in general. Taking the extra time to do it right always pays off. Read more>>

Susan J. Farese | Public Relations & Communications Consultant

The most important lesson that my business/professional career has taught me is to accept and ultimately thrive with change and reinvention rather than fearing or avoiding it. Change prepared me to function and succeed In professional nursing, where I worked in military as well as civilian medical facilities and had the opportunity to change roles/specialties several times. Clinical and other professional nursing settings included general medicine, cardiothoracic surgery stepdown, surgical intensive care, recovery room, orthopedic surgery, emergency room, advanced care/ICU and outpatient/ambulatory care, clinical research and legal nurse consulting. Each position and geographical move enhanced my area of knowledge, capabilities, confidence and overall decisions. Read more>>

Richard Baird | Actor, Director & Producer

Be kind. At the end of the day, you’ll feel better. And so will others. Our business is difficult enough as it is without artists being at each others throats. And for those who prefer a more mercenary point of view- you never know who is talking about you. And wouldn’t you prefer if it were positive? Read more>>