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.

Jessica Olma | Digital Content Writer & Editor

When I first started my business, I was just trying to create a way to make money using a natural ability. I wanted to enjoy what I do and have the flexibility to work my own hours to suit my lifestyle. In the back of my mind, I intended the business to grow, but never really verbalized my goals. In fact, I was two years in before I wrote a business plan. I only had myself to rely on for new ideas, making difficult decisions, and getting the job done. I realized things could have gone a lot faster and easier if I’d known where to go for mentorship and support. The most valuable lesson my business has taught me is how important my relationships with other women business owners is for my continued motivation and inspiration. I am constantly reminded that everyone has goals and that they come with challenges. Knowing that people have walked a similar path and are willing to share what they learn helps me in so many ways. Read more>>

Corinne Brorwn | Author, Speaker & Teacher

Teamwork. Seek counsel when you need it and don’t be afraid to admit you don’t know everything. You can’t move forward without shortening the learning curve. Find out who has the answers to your urgent questions and go get them. Using the experts in your field may cost upfront but it’s how you win the long run. These relationships are often long term and help build your credibility. They may lead to patrons, supporters, mentors, partners and friendships. Mine have. Read more>>

Jill Economakos | Pilates Instructor, Functional Medicine Health Coach & Wellness Advocate

My career has taught me to not get in my own way. Things are not always easy. There are sharp turns, bumpy roads, and road blocks. You have to push ahead. Difficult situations will come up. Take a moment to think- to relate back to your vision and your purpose. Then make a decision, and move forward. It is so easy to talk ourselves out of things- to stay stuck. I see this with so many people- and I often have to catch myself. We all have the tendency to think negatively- to put up those road blocks before they are even there. Success doesn’t just come to you- you have to travel down that road. Read more>>

JB Kellogg | Co-Founder & Co-CEO

I have learned so many valuable lessons in business and life since starting Madwire, it’s insane. I’m still learning new lessons every day! But, I’d say the most valuable lesson is this… Championship leaders build championship teams that drive championship performance. It all starts with the leader. Championship leaders have four responsibilities and one priority. The four responsibilities are: 1) The Mission — Why you do what you do 2) The Vision — Where you’re going 3) The Strategy — How to get there 4) The Goals — The milestones you need to achieve along the way The one priority is building a championship team. A championship team is made up of two key pieces: 1) Culture (mindsets & behaviors needed to drive championship performance) 2) Execution (skillsets & processes needed to drive championship performance) If you have a championship leader leading a championship team, the championship performance part just takes care of itself. Read more>>