We asked rising stars from the community one of our favorite questions: other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?

Shalini Blubaugh | NASM Cert. Personal Trainer + Nutrition Coach // Zyia Active Ind. Rep // Owner of Herfitlife7

To have my own back. It sounds really arbitrary, but I think it’s one of the most challenging choices we can make as business owners – to trust ourselves enough to keep going. To trust ourselves enough to take another leap of faith/risk. To trust that each ‘obstacle’ that presents itself really is an opportunity to lean in and grow. Read more>>

Justin Johnson | CEO and Creative Producer

The most important decision I’ve had to make is to believe in myself and the vision that I had for starting DreamisGrind. It’s not easy to put yourself out there and rally for yourself or your dreams, but in order to do that I had to take that first step out of my comfort zone. Read more>>

Cynthia James | Leadership Coach/TEDx speaker/Award Winning Author

I didn’t know what I didn’t know. So, the second best decision I made was to invest in me and my business. I entered a leadership program, got a leadership coach that would hold me accountable and looked at every aspect of my business. Read more>>