We asked some of the brightest folks in the community to open up to us about the most important lesson their business or career has taught them. We’ve highlighted some of those responses below.

Christi Bode Skeie | Documentary Filmmaker

I’ve learned – and forever learning – that our society is much more dynamic than a series of sound bytes. This goes against the pixel of the digital world we live in, which programs us to think in black and white, this or that, us versus them. We digest an insane amount of content on a daily basis and it’s easy to get funneled into a one dimensional space. Read more>>

Lauren Grier | Owner and CEO of The Curious Plate

Knowing that I won’t always be successful.  Sounds a little counterintuitive, but let me explain. I know that I can’t win every battle. Spoiler alert….life isn’t linear. The goal for me as an entrepreneur is to stay in the game. Read more>>

Maddie Guy | Technology Account Manager & Dog Trainer

Working with dogs has taught me to keep an open mind. Sentient beings are not black and white. Just like humans, dogs are unique individuals with their their own personality, motivators, experiences, and disposition. To take a close minded, blanket approach is to disregard them as individuals and dampen results. Read more>>

Ethan Hardy Benson | Performer & Entrepreneur

In the entertainment industry, it is incredibly easy to compare yourself to everyone around you. After all, oftentimes you are competing directly with your closest friends for a job that could change either one of your lives. Read more>>

Kay Kingsman | Travel Blogger

Especially as a creative, the most important lesson to me has been the power of leaving a good impression and being open to connection. In general, being sociable and outgoing does not come naturally for me, but that is where I have found the bulk of my memorable organic opportunities. Read more>>