Every twist in our story, challenge we face, and obstacle we overcome is an important part of our story. These difficulties make us stronger and wiser and prepare us for what’s ahead. As we grow and succeed we may imagine that soon the challenges will fade away, but in our conversations with business owners, artists, creatives, academics, and others we have learned that the most common experience is that challenges never go away – instead they get more complex as we grow and succeed. Our ability to to thrive therefore depends heavily on our ability to learn from our experiences and so we are asking some of the city’s best and brightest: What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?
Renae Owens | Founder of The Millennial Market & I Am Still Human
The most important lesson I’ve learned in my journey so far is you can’t run a business without consistency & connections. Those are the main keys of success! Without consistency nobody will believe you & how serious your are in business. You won’t be able to grow and connect with your target audience without consistency. Personal connections & engagement with your audience and even your competitors will allow your brand to go farther than you can imagine!
Nadia Massey | Dallas Makeup Artist
The most important lesson I’ve learned through out my journey so far… quality is definitely more important than quantity, and consistency is key to all accomplishments. Successful people do consistently what everyone else does occasionally.
Ariel Hayes | Biology Major | HBCU Cheerleader
I’ve learned that God is the only person you have at the end of the day. That’s one person you can vent to that will actually listen and forever be by your side. No matter what you go through God is the only person that will be able to turn things around. Without him I’m nothing. God is a daily medicine and if you don’t seek him it’s hard to keep going.
Ramon Medina | Personal Trainer & Donut Enthusiast
I’ve learned that every experience, good or bad, is a chance to learn and grow. The best trainers in the industry are the trainers that are always willing to learn more, whether that be different movement styles, training techniques, or from life mistakes. Fitness is always progressing and when you box yourself in, you miss out on the opportunity to give your clients a well rounded transformation. Stay open to change, stay open to suggestions, be willing to be part of a team, and always be willing to trust and learn from those around you.
Arianna Klaus | sustainable fashion enthusiast & creative
Most important lesson so far: don’t let fear/perfectionism get in the way of creating and doing what you love! We can go our whole lives with the self-imposed limitations and never start anything because we think it’s not good enough or that it won’t work. Freeing your perspective from those thoughts frees YOU to live fully and more abundantly.
Janie Lovvorn | Mom | Blogger & Photographer
The most important lesson I’ve learned is to never underestimate the peace that comes when we put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ. No matter what we face in life, there is hope knowing that the creator of it all loves us unconditionally and has a plan for you and me. This relationship continues to encourage me daily in so many ways – not to worry, to live a life of gratitude and to love as Jesus loved.
Joshua Graphk Argee | Recording artist
I’ve learned over time to put nothing over God and Family.
Kandrea Kincaid | beauty influencer
The most important lesson I’ve learned is that no one path is the same. Everyone’s journey is different. It won’t happen for you, the same way it happened for someone else. What’s for you, IS FOR YOU!
Jarren Avery | Artist & Entrepreneur
The most important lesson I’ve learned so far is patience! You must have patience with yourself, the process; and most importantly, others. Fall in love with the journey and the destination doesn’t seem as far.
Avis Clewis | Personal Stylist
The most important lesson I’ve learned on my journey is that you have to be your own support system. You have to genuinely believe in yourself first, before expecting anyone else to.
Kendrick and Dairon Houston of The Sole Proprietorz | YouTube content creators and sneaker connoisseurs
Our most important lesson would be to trust the process. It isn’t easy to trust the happenings and events of life when nothing is in our favor, and it isn’t easy to be optimistic about it. But that’s where our toughness and resilience is being tested. People who don’t trust the process of their lives cannot expect to excel. With persistence and hard work dreams can become a reality.
Allyson Nick | Creator of Mommy’s Making Moves and Release Coach
The biggest thing I have learned while on this journey of starting my business, is that everything is in God’s control. Sometimes we don’t feel capable or worthy of the gifts God gave us but He gave us those gifts because He knows we are capable of using them to a larger capacity. Keep your faith and God as the head of your life and business. Also, mom friends, we have to have time to relax! If you are running on fumes then what are you serving your family? There are different levels of release but the biggest is time to yourself for 20 minutes at least 4 times a week.
Tru White | Plant Dyed Vintage Designer & Herbalist
Across all my hardships and all my learning, I’ve found that we as the human species bring a special medicine to the earth, just as the plants and the animals. The ability to consciously love and laugh is unique to us. Sharing the two as often as possible is the surest path to healing our lands and it’s living inhabitants.
Rawleigh Williams | Sports Management Professional | Graduate Student
The most important lesson I’ve learned in my journey so far is that if I’m going to fail, I’m going to fail doing what I think is best for me and my career. If you fail doing what others think you should do, you resent them. If you fail doing what you think you should do, you learn from it.
Ashton Thompson | UTA Arch. Student & Photographer
You shouldn’t get caught up in trying to force things to happen in a specific way or at a specific time. All that matters is you give it your best effort, and if it happens, it happens.
Kayla McCain | Entrepreneur and Freelance Writer
The most important lesson I’ve learned in my journey this far? Well, I left the corporate world because I became sick with a vestibular disorder known as vestibular migraine i.e. chronic dizziness. I was unable to work in a normal office setting, so it left me with one option if I wanted to keep growing in my career – I had to start my own business. For years, I freelanced on the side and had always talked about running my own marketing and communications shop, but it took getting sick for me to pursue it. I’ve always been capable, driven and a self-starter, but I had to be pushed to uncomfortable boundaries for me to realize and accomplish a dream I had for so long. I’ve lived by the quote, “Don’t Quit Your Day Dream.”
The real lesson here? To never doubt yourself and know that you can do anything you set your mind to.
Gregory Brown | Songwriter | Producer and Stylist
I believe what inspires me consistently is to remember that patience is a virtue. I take a deep breath and I say that. It applies to all aspects of my life since I am impatient. A super important lesson I hold dearly to myself.
Maggy Doherty, MS RD LD | Doherty Nutrition LLC
Learning how to pick yourself up after a hard day or bad news. Whether it’s going on a long walk, making a bubble bath, ordering in from your favorite restaurant, or pouring a nice glass of wine…. When you’re not having a good day, figure your personal secret to make your day a little better.