We asked rising stars from the community one of our favorite questions: other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?

Ashley Rawlins | Attorney & CEO of Rawlins Law, APC Also Known as Car Crash Ash

When I started Rawlins Law, I got on my hands and knees and gave the business to the Lord. Rawlins Law is his and I prayed that he would use me, guide me and be with me every day. I did not want a tagline or a slogan, so I chose Micah 6:8 for the business, which states, “do justly, love mercy, walk humbly.” Every day, I try to honor him and carry out that verse. Read more>>

Lauren Butler | Yes Cocktail Co. Founder & Mixologist

When I look back on the many life decisions that lead me to who I have become today, I think the single most important one was choosing to audition for “A Midsummer Nights’ Dream” as an undergrad. I wasn’t a theatre major, in fact, I was well entrenched in the psychology department, running my own sleep study under a highly coveted faculty adviser with an impressive background in neuropsychology. I was merely looking to make some friends and have some fun (both of which I certainly did) but I had no idea I’d learn so many life skills that have helped me not only successfully create, grown, and run my own business, but have served me in navigating so many avenues of life. That one audition lead me to pursue a career in the performing arts that ultimately lead me to my Master’s degree, a 3-year international touring theatre position, and an ‘actors’ toolbox’ of skills I use every day as the founder of Yes Cocktail Company. Read more>>

Ginger King | Cosmetic Chemist & Beauty Business Builder

Getting mentors is the single most important decision because once you commit to be an entrepreneur, you have to have guidance from those people who have done it to show you the way. Read more>>

Marina Yanay-Triner | Transformational Master Coach

I used to think success comes from how many marketing campaigns I do per month, my advertising strategy, and the number of hours I work. I found out through practical experience that this actually did not translate. No matter how much I was DOING, it did not translate into clients or money. UNTIL… I started to go within. Looking for answers outside of my own body was not IT for me. It was about listening to my own intuition about how to run my business, which clients to work with, which teachers and mentors to hire and work with. How to market in a way that felt fun and exciting.
I truly believe out inner wisdom and intuition are the root of our greatest success. There are millions of answers outside of us, but it is only by aligning with out deepest inner truth that we get to ENJOY our business, and when we do, it soars! Read more>>