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.

Kao Saephan | Photographer

The most important factor for me is to simply be yourself and to be a genuine caring human being. If people are seeking you out specifically for a certain need, I feel that is a privilege and should be treated with the highest regards. The competition is fierce in any line of work, if you can be a hundred percent attentive and caring and overall treat everyone with kindness, then I feel you have an edge already. Read more>>

Billy Clift | Filmmaker

One the the best things I ever did was to take the risk.. the understanding that I may fail but that in that process, I’ll learn.. and to take what I learn and move forward with that understanding. To commit a hundred percent and don’t give up.. People in the industry are used to people coming in, failing and giving up. They take notice when your respectfully persistent and don’t give up. Read more>>

Jeanine Centuori | Artist & Architect

Over the years, I have learned to take on projects for places and people with whom I have sympatico. If we are all on same page toward building and implementing our built public art projects, the process flows very smoothly. I have learned that enjoying the process in concert with great people makes for a more successful outcome. Read more>>

Jill Weiss Ippolito | Trauma Informed Educator & Yoga Instructor

The most important aspect is that my trainings are not based on theories. It is based on practical lessons I developed in teaching yoga. Another unique aspect to my brand is the diversity of expertise that I bring together. It is really exciting to blend yoga with psychology, social work, criminal justice reform, mental health and activism! These are the topics people are starting to talking about now in the mainstream and what we have been tackling many years. Read more>>

Julio Jauregui | Founder & CEO

The success of my brand is back by high-quality products at a good price. If you reduce the quality just to get more money, you will lose all your customers and make a bad name for your self. I have 3 factors on my business success: 1. have a product that works, #2 start low, and move your self up with time. and #3 if you have no experience in sales, get help, or training your self. Before you sell anything, you must do proper market research in order to determine what types of consumers are belonging to your products. Your Brand needs to be unique and I highly recommend a Trademark. JUDAGI, start with 1 product and now we run with 15 products and remember to be ready to create new products by the sales environment and need situations. we came up with 2 new products and sales were over 500,000 units, from March to July of this year. Read more>>

Shelley Patterson

Our brand Buddy Bike® builds a bicycle that can provide therapeutic benefits for riders with special needs. The most important factor behind the success of our brand is that we treat this special population as we would want to be treated ourselves. Read more>>