Most people say they want success, but when you ask them what success means you get wildly different responses. We recently asked some of the best and brightest in our community to tell us about how they define success and have shared their responses below.

Kevin Fong | Music Composer and Producer

Success is to be your own self, not determined by people around you and what they say about you. Be true to yourself and follow your own path with your pace. Read more>>

Marie Phillips | Accounting business owner

Success to me is doing what I want, when I want, with who I want. Don’t get me wrong, most of us “have” to work but work can be fulfilling. I rephrase it as I “get” to work. I get to help business owners make better, faster decisions, I get to lead an amazing team, I get to be innovative. Owning my business gives me the luxury to choose who I want to work with and allows me the freedom to have my own schedule. So in other words, I am successful. And yet, not as successful as I want to be. Read more>>

Saidy Salas | Salon Owner & Beauty Artist

I define success in moments when I can exhibit my many skills.I have studied, worked and personally experienced and learned through many years. Success is being authentically me a brown girl who stands proud in her own skin and beauty. Success is genuinely, organically connecting through beauty that can resonate with anyone who just wants to feel beautiful, empowered. I feel most successful when I look at one of my clients faces and I can immediately see confidence,strength and beauty.  Read more>>

Jennie Gold | Singer/Songwriter/Vocal Yogi

Success is a feeling. That’s where it starts anyway. It’s about feeling free, valuable, and worthy of joyfully expressing your authentic self, which ultimately leads to meaningful connections with other people. It is measured internally. Once that’s in place, more familiar external cultural markers of success can flow in. Read more>>

Andre Ribeiro | Musician / Owner (Proggie Production)

Defining success starts at the time you don’t look back no matter what. I believe it’s a process where everyday you may have to tell your ego to shut up and move on. Success is a process to where most of the time you learn how to accomplish your goals . Read more>>

Charley Worthington | Vintage Tees and Tin Type Photography

There has definitely been ups and downs with the vintage business , but it always feels like a success when you get the perfect shirt for the client. Read more>>

Gratiana Prince | Founder & CEO of The Refined Brand Agency

I think it’s far more than monetary gain.. Success to me is when you feel like you’ve cracked the code to life’s happiness. When you can wake up, live life on your own terms, make your own rules of what you believe your life should look and feel like and actually make it happen, you’ve won. Everyone’s recipe to success is different, but for me, I’ve been mindful with how I talk to myself, what I allow myself to tolerate, how I react to unexpected situations, which has really guided me in navigating my own success journey. Read more>>