We asked some brilliant folks from the community to tell us about the most important lesson their business or career has taught them. We’ve shared some of those responses below.

Denym Aphrodyte | Artist/ Activist

This is a hard question to answer, mainly because I’ve learned so much about myself and life through being a creative. Being an artist was always an after thought for me for the longest time. I created when I had free time and mainly did it for my own mental health (professionally I have spent most my energy in working in Health care). Since the pandemic I have found out that health care wasn’t filling my cup and to be honest it wasn’t making me happy. I deserve happiness and a full cup, so I’ve re-directed my energy into myself. Read more>>

Becky Meadows | Serving a Solution with Healthy-Aging

One of the most important lessons that my business/career has taught me is that I have been in my own way! The journey continues; but I don’t want to compare myself to others successes, and step back in front of myself again! Previous abusive relationships can cause the mind to think so negatively, and I still have to move out the way, to create my own success at my pace. I follow top leaders in the field, where fear, failure, and getting in our own way are top discussions and are linked. I have had a fear of failure, because of getting in my own way all my life. Adding daily gratitude pushes away fear and let’s me get past myself. If I’m serving others first, it won’t be about me, it will be about them. Read more>>

Toney Rocks | Singer-Songwriter/Music Producer

That things rarely go as planned. Whether it’s a good or bad outcome, each endeavor is going to come with some surprises. Typically BIG surprises. Whether it’s people not coming through, vehicles breaking down, necessary tools not making it to the show, shows getting cancelled, checks being written out to the wrong name, venues closing down with out telling you, flights getting delayed etc. SOMETHING is going to pop up. Also, things rarely work in the time frame you think they will. If you’re confident it’ll be done fast, rest assured it’ll take way longer. If you think it’ll take forever, 9 times out of 10, it’ll be surprisingly fast. If you think it’ll be super easy, something tricky typically pops up. If you think it’ll be a grueling experience, many times it turns out to be rather pleasant. Read more>>