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.

Jourdan Kovaly | Colorado Realtor

When first meeting clients, I like to say I grew up in Real Estate. While that is not completely accurate, I have spent the better part of 18 years following my Dad around to open houses, showings, listing appointments, and closings. I was essentially a fly on the wall, watching my Dad be an extraordinary Realtor. Admittedly at the time, I thought it was achingly boring, and swore I would never go into real estate. A wonderful husband, three beautiful children and a degree in Education later, I received my real estate license in 2018 and am so glad I did. Read more>>

Sydney Rezner | Brand Photographer

While my business is on the new side, I haven’t stopped learning since the day I decided to start. The biggest lesson that I am learning and always working on is that I don’t have to have it all figured out in order to be successful. Imperfect action, and authenticity are important factors as I build my brand and support my clients in building theirs. Read more>>

Robert Hamilton | Management Consultant and Candidate for Aurora City Council – Ward 2

The customer isn’t always right… and neither am I. I got into consulting 11 years ago for a simple reason — I wanted to help people find answers. Doing this within the typical corporate structure was inefficient at best, with the best solution rarely an outcome. Whether its a software solution, a staffing solution, or a new revenue stream… I love working with people to find those answers. It’s hard going into a project viewed as an expert, as having all of the answers, only to ask a lot of questions. Due diligence is extraordinarily important and often underserved. Some clients look at you as if you have the answer before ever showing up on site. Additionally, there are some clients who act like they are never wrong… only for the consulting process to uncover answers they do not have. Read more>>