We’ve been fortunate to connect with so many brilliant, thoughtful entrepreneurs and creatives and we regularly ask them about the most important lessons they’ve learned over the course of their careers. We’ve shared some highlights below.

Vijay Harid | Engineering Professor & Space Physics Researcher

If I had to pick, I’d say one of the most important lessons I’ve learned over the course of my career is to always approach problems logically and analytically but without neglecting the intuitive “human” aspect. Although this is especially true in the natural sciences, it does indeed extend to most other disciplines. In the early days of my career I often approached problems from a highly mathematical perspective. Since my field is in the physical sciences, this approach does serve well most of the time. However, only looking at problems in a “formal” manner can frequently lead to tunnel vision. This became very apparent to me during the second year of my doctoral studies where I was stuck on a physics problem I was researching. I spent over 3 months trying to solve a particular equation and kept getting an answer that disagreed with well-established physics theory. Read more>>

Anza Goodbar | Life Design Strategist

Nothing is ever final. There is always an opportunity to pivot and change the direction of your business. Read more>>

Barbara Pennell Jaynes | Strategic Business Development Implementation

Starting my own business has taught me to always remember my days as a novice and all of the amazing people that helped me to launch Positively-Funded. This has taught me to be a “Go Giver” to other entrepreneurs and to lead from a place of abundance. Read more>>

Elizabeth Meade | Principal and Creative Savant of Smith and Meade

I think the two biggest lessons I’ve learned are to ask myself two questions on a continual basis. Are you the chokehold of your business? Is this Liz talking or Liz’s fear talking? When I dig my heels in because of fear or perfectionism, I often become the chokehold of my business. When the owner is the chokehold of her business, it does not serve the company well. So I always check myself to see if I am preventing growth because of my own fears or desire for a “perfect” project, situation or environment. When I do get in a place of fear, I’ve gained enough awareness of myself to question the thoughts that are swimming around in my head about this situation. Is your fear real? Your thoughts have the power to destroy you or rocket you in your highest potential. The battle of my thoughts is a continual one and one I always question. Read more>>