We asked folks to tell us about the most important decisions they’ve made along their journey and have shared some of the highlights below.

Jill Allen | Orthodontic Consultant, National Speaker and Owner of Jill Allen & Associates

When I think about my business’s success, I always think back to the road that got me to that success. I had an entrepreneurial spirit from a young age. I even had a small business that I ran from elementary school on. Even as a child, I was always looking to do things my own way. I believe this drive to do things a certain way was what propelled me to take the ultimate chance on myself by starting Jill Allen & Associates. The single most important decision I made that contributed to my success was choosing not to follow in the footsteps of all the other consultants before me. Although their path was proven, it was not the path for me. I knew early that our industry needed a new kind of consultant, one who focused on doctors when they needed it the most, during their business inception. Specializing in startup practices meant that I had to become a student all over again. I had to learn a portion of our industry that no one dared to. Read more>>

Christen Saccucci | Family Chiropractor and Birth Doula

The most important decision I made to contribute to my success is choosing a career discipline that fulfills me. I graduated college with an engineering degree and found that I did not enjoy my work and it greatly took a toll of my mental health. It was difficult to decide to leave a well-paying career to endure further student loans and four more years of school. Despite the challenges, I know that aligning myself with my values and giving back to my local community has ignited an intrinsic motivation that is essential for success in all aspects of life. I love that I am able to problem solve and troubleshoot for people in a way that keeps them involved in their favorite activities and educated about how to advocate for their own health. Read more>>

Kelly Angelovic | Artist & Creativity Coach

Never one to do things quite like everyone else, I have two answers to this question: Persistence and my Intuition–I wouldn’t be where I am without them both. Working as an artist is an incredibly fulfilling path AND unbelievably challenging. Putting your artwork out there is akin to sharing the tender bits of your heart and soul, and then asking everyone to share their opinion in the comments section. By nature, I’m pretty sensitive so this isn’t always easy. But I didn’t choose to work as an artist because it would be easy. When I’m immersed in the creative flow, it feels like I’m in commune with the energy of the universe. It’s a place of…magic, this esoteric dance with the divine where anything is possible. That’s what I keep coming back for–it’s why I’m an artist. A late bloomer, I started illustrating in my early 30s when my daughter was born (she just turned 10!). Read more>>

Troy Good | Hip Hop Artist

Other than deciding to work for myself , my single most important decision I’ve made that has contributed to my success is not fearing inevitable outcomes. Knowing that things won’t always go ras planned, but always working towards a better future for yourself. It’s easy to let your own mistakes get in the way of your thought process or creative control. Being able to put the fear of all the “what if’s” and “I don’t knows” aside and just being able to work and create has been a blessing for me and my career. Read more>>

MacKenzi Knight | Wedding & Portrait Photographer

Starting and running a business can be risky and nerve racking. The best decision I ever did was jumping right in and going full time with my business. There was no other option but success and it motivated me more than anything else. Not having a “backup plan” or another job to rely on made me push myself to a whole new level. Read more>>

Sarah E Bott | Fine Art Painter & Mural Artist

After I decided to work for myself, the single most important decision I made was to trust my intuition. When I made the transition to self employed, a lot of people projected their worries onto me. It was difficult for a while to block out negativity from others, but I knew in my heart that being a creative was my calling. I also had to fully commit to trusting my intuition in my paintings. I decided to only do projects and paintings that make me feel good, rather than paint what I think others will like or buy. I have found that when I stay true to embracing what lights me up, it is much more likely to be successful. Read more>>