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.

Liz Friedli | Photographer

The most important lesson my career has taught me, is that I get to define my own definition of “success” in life. It does not necessarily have to do with my income, followers on social media, or the amount of friends I have directly surrounding me. Success, to me, looks like happiness, liberation, and connection within my community. Growing up, I always had the mindset that I would be a successful traveling dentist. I always thought I enjoyed having structure and being told what needs to be done. However, after graduating college, I gained a lot of anxiety when comparing my life to others, feeling as though I was behind everyone else. But one day, I finally realized that the structure and “routine” I was searching for was actually holding me back from a life of fulfillment and gratitude. Read more>>

Brittany Hunkin | Lifestyle Photographer

The most important lesson my business has taught me is to put myself first. Weird right? But hear me out. I started my business on a complete whim. I guess you could say I’ve always loved photography, but I never thought in a million years that I would pursue it as a career. I didn’t have some big grand business plan. I just started and “wanged” the whole dang thang. Read more>>

Destiny Wilson | Photographer

Never compare yourself to anyone EVER and everyone started from somewhere. Clients come to me for a reason whether it’s the way I edit, how I present myself, how I interact with them and help them create a memory that’ll last a lifetime. I would always compare my work to other photographers and it did nothing but make me doubt myself and always question “Why?’ Why am I doing this? Or I will never shoot or edit like this. I’m sure every photographer asked the same when they started, at least I did. We are our biggest critic but at the end of the day we must remind ourselves that we have a gift and we were meant to do this! Read more>>

Rebecca Lee | Outdoor Influencer & SF&A

The most important lesson I’ve learned is to always fight for yourself and to not depend on anyone else. Wanting something is not powerful enough for you to get it. You really have to go and get it. Also, while building my own brand, I have also realized that the only person you can really depend on is yourself so if you are partnering with anyone else, make sure to have backup and contingency plans if those partnerships fall through. Lastly, I have learned to not let small failures get to me. Building a brand is hard and you have to be resilient and know that there will always be more opportunities. It is better to be ready for the next one than to dwell on one that has passed. Read more>>

Michael Holzer | Celebrity & Pro Soccer Coach

Be kind & good to people. Appreciate your clients, make them feel special, Build meaningful relationships while working hard. Do not only focus on the money, especially in the start of your business. Read more>>