One of the most important lessons we learned is that our lives and our businesses will teach us along the way. We don’t need to know everything on day one because the challenges we face on day will likely be ones we are already equipped to handle. As we overcome challenges we get better and better and as the challenges increase in difficulty so too does our ability to tackle them.

We asked members of the community that we admire to share important lessons their business or career has taught them and have shared some of those responses below.

Steven Wener | Real Estate Broker, Investor, Author, Coach, Student, Observer, Participant, Husband, Father, Friend, Mentor

The most important lesson i’ve learned in my career is that quitting is not an option, because we only fail when we quit. I look at road blocks and impasses as opportunities to learn more about myself and also expand on how I do things in life, not just business. When ever i’ve met opportunity that I couldn’t fully maximize, if I wanted to bring that opportunity into my life, then I would do what was necessary to implement that area of interest. When you don’t allow yourself to quit, you learn how you function at a deeper level, because you will begin to explore each and every conversation your mind wants to have with you, and generally there are more conversations around why to stop and move on versus keep going. So, this process has also taught me how to focus on the voice I wanted to align myself with, instead of the voices that wanted to meep me in a place of current understanding and complacency. This has also allowed me to get rid of so many self limiting stories I had created for myself, for reasons that are all designed around keeping me in a current state of belief. Read more>>

Zsa-Zsa Rosado | Model

Wouldn’t we all agree that life gets boring and pointless if we stay within our limits of what we already know? Staying within our limits prevents us from growth and success, which is one of the most important lessons I’ve learned through my modeling journey. I learned to get comfortable with the uncomfortable and to never set limits to myself. Why is that? I knew that modeling is my career goal and in order to achieve it, I needed to cut the excuses. I needed to cut the excuses to reach my full potential. Nothing was easy to get where I am at today, it was not easy becoming who I wanted to become through my development and improvements within myself, and it wont get any easier when I keep striving for my goal. I needed to get out of my comfort zone in meeting new people, branding myself out, and communicate my way through. Read more>>

Michael Rybicki | Artist/Craftsman

That there is no direct route to success and tenacity is the most important tool in my toolbox. It can be easy fall into a pattern of thought along the lines of “I could be successful if only I had X” or “I can’t make it without this piece of equipment…” but in looking back, working through or around obstacles no matter how has been the most important aspect of my process. If something doesn’t work out, reassess and find a new approach. If I can’t buy a piece of equipment I find a way to make it. There is always a way forward as long as you are willing to be creative enough to find it or try it. The road to success is often not clear or direct and you shouldn’t necessarily feel like you need to model your work on others. What looks like a clear and easy process for others may not be for you, so staying committed and driven while assessing what options are available to you will take you further than a plan that falls apart. Read more>>

Kara Bass | Creator and Entrepreneur

Making and selling my wooden creations has taught me so much, but One of the most important things it’s taught me is to be patiently persistent. Growing up, people always told me I was patient so I believed them. Not to say it wasn’t true, but I think since I’m easy going and adapt fairly quickly to change, It was easy for me to be “patient” in most circumstances. Since I’ve started wood working and pursuing it as a vocation, I feel like it’s tested and refined my patience on so many levels. Whether something goes wrong with a project, or I have to backtrack and redo something because I’m just not satisfied with the finished piece, or having to learn a new skill for a custom order that I decided to take on, almost everything to do with woodworking involves patience and persistence! As an entrepreneur, it’s hard to imagine getting by without both patience and persistence. It takes both of these traits to start and grow a business. Read more>>

Melissa Cole | Nail Artist & Manicurist

The most important lesson my career has taught me is to never stop learning. As I’ve worked in the beauty industry throughout the decade, I’ve seen trends, products and technology change constantly. It is so easy for an artist to become stagnant in their work and limited in the services they can offer. I find that being willing and open to learning is key to staying inspired, ahead of the curve and can really grow clientele. Weather it be trade-shows, online workshops etc, every little bit can be a asset to ultimately drive business. Read more>>

Jp Amistoso | Athlete, Head Coach and Owner of Ganbatte Fitness

The most valuable lesson I’ve learned is to not be afraid of making mistakes and being uncomfortable. Running a business will always have its challenges and I’ve found that these experiences are not only necessary for development and growth, but it has helped me become a better business owner over the years. The current climate has given me an opportunity to hit the reset button. When the pandemic hit we were faced with a lot of challenges and uncertainty around whether we would be able to keep our doors open. We had to constantly pivot and find new ways to approach our operations which required a lot of trial and error to figure out what worked and didn’t work for us. It made me rethink our business strategy while adapting and implementing new changes such as conducting outdoor workouts, putting safety protocols in place and changing the layout of our training facility to make it COVID-19 compliant. Change can be scary and uncomfortable, but is necessary to be better and do better. Read more>>