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.

Abby Bradford | Artist

The most important lessons my career as a professional artist has taught me is you should always be learning and bettering yourself, there is always room for improvement. Surround yourself with other artist, aspirational role models, and individuals who want you to succeed and that you can share your struggles and wins with. It’s ok to fail, it gives you the chance to grow both personally and professionally. There is no better way to know what works than knowing what doesn’t, Don’t be afraid to do something out of your comfort zone and taking those risks! Create everyday! Even if it’s for 15 minutes, just show up!. Read more>>

Cass Hoverson | Founder of Crummy

Before starting Crummy, I worked as a Graphic Designer in the corporate world. It was a stable 9-5 job with more money than I’ve ever earned before. Crummy had been a dream of mine for a long time, but I wasn’t able to make the jump because I was afraid of losing a stable income. Once the pandemic hit, I realized that life is shorter than we thought. I decided to sacrifice my income to make my dream a reality. After I made the decision, I literally became a different person. I’m not saying that this is for everyone. It’s been a lot of hard work, but I do encourage it for anyone who has a deep desire to do what they love. Read more>>

Kody Combes | Photographer/Videgrapher & EMT

Success isn’t built overnight. You have to trust the process because good things take time to develop. It takes long days and even longer nights, plus a lot of coffee. Remember that the day you plant the seed isn’t the day you eat the fruit. Tony Robbins once said “If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the results you want and copy what they do and you’ll achieve the same results.” I’ve spent a lot of time searching for those people and learning from them and that has helped not only my business grow but my mindset about business and people as well. Read more>>