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.

Maddy Levy | Event Planner & Event Services Manager

The most important thing I have learned in the event field is to always expect the unexpected. Plans change and we as humans are able to adapt to that quickly. There are many factors that go into an event and almost something always occurs that makes it different than what was first planned out. For example keeping a timeline or itinerary, as much as you plan to keep perfect timing of an event there always needs to be a few minutes of give and take for mistakes! Working in weddings I have experienced a lot of different mishaps including wardrobe alterations of the bridal party to missing table name cards! Any event there are many people involved and all following one agenda. I know to always be prepared for anything and manage time as best as possible! Only you can control your own actions. Read more>>

Jessica Spada | Director & Owner

Being in the early childhood field for my entire life one of the most important lessons is patience, understanding and kindness. These traits are crucial for a successful career working with children. Children need teachers and caregivers who care about the world the way they see it, to build confidence, self esteem and celebrate their individualism. Our job is to create well rounded individuals who genuinely care about the world around them. Children thrive in an environment that celebrates all of these traits. I am so thankful to have the opportunity to work with young children everyday! Read more>>

Kaya Asha | Magazine Curator

Curating my magazine has taught me many lesson, some common and some unconventional. I traveled on numerous paths on my route to creating a magazine worthy of being someone’s inspiration, motivation, and aspirations. However, if I had to pick one lesson it would be my last lesson that CHIONE taught me. The ability to let go. For you to truly grasp my past fear of letting go I have to explain a couple memories. I distinctly recall a past friend was horrible to me on certain days but was my best friends on others. The feeling of not wanting to change anything because I wanted things to stay comfortable. Another memory was when I began reading seriously. I would avoid any book that didn’t have a happy ending. Read more>>

Gaby Paul | Singer-Songwriter

The most important lesson my career has taught me, is to stay authentic to who I am. You would be surprised at how many people might resonate with your sound, image and creativity if you take a shot at just being yourself. Growing up, I was always told how unique my voice and style was. Over the years, I have trained and owned my craft to the point where nothing is ever fabricated or artificial. I’ve found that more people like my work, than those who may dislike it. A lot of people can see through superficiality. Be honest and open about your experiences, hardships and where you come from. Authenticity is remaining raw and true to who you are. Being authentic has benefited me in the long run when it comes to my music and aesthetics. Read more>>