We asked some brilliant folks from the community to tell us about the most important lesson their business or career has taught them. We’ve shared some of those responses below.

Kalani Ware | Multidisciplinary Artist

The most important life lesson that my art career has taught me is patience. In today’s society, it feels as if everything around us in the world is moving at a very fast pace and we can often lose ourselves trying to keep up. Art in a way has always been a form of therapy for me. When I was young, I never thought of wanting to be an artist, I was just constantly creating. The thought of making money from my work didn’t even occur till I was an adult. Im a firm believer in energy and how that can manifest before your eyes if you stay disciplined . I always strived to see quick results, Over time I realized that learning to be patient left more room for self-happiness and creativity. I knew that my day would come if I believed in myself and stayed focused. Read more>>

Fernando Munoz | Screen Printer / Owner

To be honest it has taught me more than one lesson. I came into this with a squeegee on one hand and ink on the other but also a positive attitude and with big dreams. All together, the most important lesson to me has been perseverance, nothing comes easy but you just have to persevere. Read more>>

Ferdinand Retanubun | An Immigrant and An Entrepreneur

I think the most important lesson that my business has taught me so far, is that being your-authentic self, will go along way. For example when I meet a client or just a random person interested with my product, I like to start with a smile before introducing myself. I believe that being my authentic self, a person who is fun, easygoing and have lot of positive vibes or good energy, people can feel that. Read more>>