Success.  It’s something we dress for, strive for, work towards.  We wish it upon others as well as ourselves, but what is it?  What is success?

Kit Rich | Fitness expert, writer, and owner of KICHGO

The most important factor behind my success is that I care the most about IMPACT and not about achieving high numbers. My model is based on impacting one person in a meaningful way. That impact is what matters most. Read more>>

Nathaniel Beaver | Director | Editor

It may sound like a very “safe” or typical answer to this question, and I assume all businesses want to say this, but I truly find gratification in making sure my clients get more than they expected out of the work that I do for them. I strive to deliver content that exceeds their expectations. A story that I frequently recall is after completing an intensive work week filming and editing a conference, then delivering the final summary video on that last day. My team had worked solidly to produce an overall experience video. When they played the video in the ballroom, my producer said, “Don’t watch the video. You know the video. Watch the audience. Watch their reactions.” I looked away from the screen to the individual people, laughing, cheering, applauding to see themselves up on the big screen, recounting their enjoyable business conference and activities they had participated in over the previous few days, and that really brought this idea home to me. Read more>>

Alyssa Terry & Natalia Strawn | Co-Hosts of Let’s Get Haunted

Let’s Get Haunted has never pretended to be something it’s not. When choosing a story to cover on our show, we research and discuss only things that we find interesting, that way the content never feels forced. We really are just two best friends trying to get a rise out of each other each episode! Cultivating a community around our podcast has also been very important to us. We like to think of ourselves and our listeners as members of a niche corner of the internet where we can nerd out over all things spooky and paranormal. We encourage people to continue the conversation online after they’ve finished an episode; whether that be with each other in fan discussion groups or with us on any of our social media platforms. We refer to our fans as our “Haunted Fam” and we love hearing their theories and reactions to our stories! Read more>>

Anarchy Texture Studio | Architectural Design | Interior Design | Furniture | Commodities

The most important factor behind our success is rooted within our name. We are creative anarchists who seek freedom, the freedom to design under no authority. Understanding that design has no limitations establishes our ideologies as a firm and all that we stand for. We feel there should never be borders between us and our clients and together, we create something provoking, beautiful, symbolic and impactful. Read more>>

Cindy Baer | Independent Filmmaker & Entrepreneur

I think my success probably stems most from my “can do” attitude. My motto is: “Anything is possible, just figure out how”. I am also extremely focused and tenacious. I’ve been told my enthusiasm is infectious, and I’m known for working magic with a limited budget. Read more>>

Stephanie Mazzeo | Makeup Artist & SFX Makeup Artist

I believe my success, and that of my brand, is a direct result of risk-taking. You can’t get what you don’t ask for. I was fortunate to have started my career path long before the internet and social media became mainstream for networking sources. Over the years, I learned through trial and error. All of my training and experience was hands-on. Looking back, I realize this has given me an advantage in the field. I am not afraid to try something new and different. We learn from our mistakes and I’ve made plenty. I’ve always been one to say yes and figure out how to accomplish what needs to be done. Prior to the internet becoming commonplace, the only option for finding work or showing my skills, was to actually get out and meet industry people face-to-face. I had a huge print portfolio of work which I carried with me everywhere. Read more>>

Maryam Myika Day | Actor // Writer // Storyteller and creator of NORTH OF 40 podcast and online community

The most important factor behind the success of my brands is the understanding that you cannot work toward success alone. I realized very early that I am a big picture thinker who needs a team to do the execution of my vision. Once I came to that realization, it caused me to accept help in all forms. I actively sought out a team that could help me achieve my various goals, and therefore the success of the brand was inevitable. Secondarily, another factor behind the success of my brand is clear communication with my audience. My audience shows up for me time after time because there is a need to be filled. We offer to them lessons, antidotes, a safe space of community, and support to be themselves. When we communicate entirely who we are and what we do, our audience shows up in their full authentic selves. Read more>>

Sierra Fisk | Managing Director of ACT-1

We intentionally limit enrollment in order to maintain our artistic and educational values. It’s impossible to be able to meet the specific needs of students who you have no time for on a personal level. Having intimate class sizes enables our instructors to have a deeper relationship with our students and tailor the curriculum for them. ACT-1’s students receive more personalized instruction and our teachers know exactly which skill sets each student is currently developing. In the early stages of our business, we thought “the more customers, the better.” We had seen other children’s theatre companies operating with 100 kids in a cast, or having so many casts they had to color-code them! But we also noticed the artistic education of their students and the quality of their shows were lacking. Both things are very important to us. Read more>>

Tiffany Cole | Fine Artist

Persist. Persist. Persist. I’ve always known that this was a key factor in the life of an artist but 2020 has definitely tested this in me and I’m sure many artists all around the world. I’ve taken on the challenge and learned to adapt parts of my practice and its just another stepping stone towards my goals that I feel has made me tougher and even more fired up to continue. Read more>>

Abbey Abeynayake | Director of Operations at Abstract Digital Cinema

The success of Abstract Digital Cinema (ADC) is accredited to our unique approach to each element in the production process. Most notable problem on a film set is that you have a melting pot of artists and technicians speaking two polar opposite languages. Artists/Creatives work that right side of the brain where they source from emotion, feeling, and intuition. On the contrary, technicians are left-brain heavy. ADC merges both sides so that our projects are received by a global audience in a heightened and comprehensive manner. Creatives want a scene to look and feel a certain way (i.e. warm, cool, isolated, etc.), and the technicians need specific measurements to recreate said vision. As you can imagine, there is A LOT of back-and-forth on set between these two groups. Read more>>

Smidi Smith | Music Producer & Writer

Constant motion. No matter how small. Every little step leads to something. Early in my career I would wait and labor over so many decisions and details. It proved to be easier to get to work and have a real situation to react to rather than trying to predict an outcome rom something that I might not have fully experienced. There is not much of a clear patch in the music industry. It is kind of the wild West and you have to just get in and figure it out. Fail fast and protect your creative process. Read more>>

Jaclyn Moy | Photographer & Artist

The most important factor behind my personal success is simply being myself. Creativity, to me, is showing viewers a part of your mind and perspective. That alone can spark up a lot of nerves and insecurities, but those are a part of being us; human. Knowing I am fully being myself with all of my work, I can finish a project or a piece of work knowing I did my absolute best because I was purely myself. I tend to stray away from looking for “inspiration” from other’s work or social media so I can let my creative mind work on what it would authentically create. I work on only taking inspiration from nature and light right in front of me. But of course, I love admiring other’s work quite often. It took me some time to realize that the only thing we will be for the entirety of life is, ourself. That is something to be proud of and something that has helped me through my career. Read more>>

Ashley Alisha | Musical Artist

There are numerous factors behind anybody’s success but what I found most essential for the well-being of mine is having 100% control over what is going on in my mind. I’m an anxious person to begin with, and all my life I’ve struggled with inner thoughts that left me hopeless and uninspired. Those cringe-worthy memories that creep up at 3AM in bed? Yup, been there, done that a million times, and I’ve had enough! I only recently began to learn how to snap out of it whenever I found myself going down this spiral. I just couldn’t have those awful thoughts living in my mind rent-free anymore. It was an active effort, where I had to stay on top of it all day (and night) and actually shift my thoughts to the ones I enjoyed having. Filling up my day little by little with positive thoughts and training my inner voice to be kinder to myself helped me grab control of my reality. Sooner than later, I started to see amazing changes in my life, which became the fuel for me to charge even further into the success I see in my life today. Read more>>

Zoila and Sara Navales and Aleman | Co-Owners/Creators

The awesome thing about success is that it is such a subjective concept, and can be a powerful motivator. Of course, there are several factors that fuel us towards our goals, but as for the most important factor… We would say it has to be our persistence. Often, we have found ourselves in a position where our plans didn’t go to plan, our new product idea wasn’t as great once executed, or we try for something and the answer comes back as a “no”. All of these scenarios are so common for the beginnings for a new small business. In those times, my partner and I remember to take the hurdles as a lesson learned, we reassess, we adapt, and most importantly, we try again. Without constant persistence, we would not have gotten to where we are today, and where we plan to continue to go in the future. Read more>>

Dave Gassman | Creative Marketing and Advertising

I pride myself on not being too proud. I don’t assume that because I have a lot of expertise in creative advertising and marketing I always have the right answer. I’m constantly finding new ways to learn and to shake up my preconceived biases. For example, 20 years into my career I went back to grad school at Northwestern University, which really opened my mind to a world of new thinking. When I turned 50, I set out to learn digital marketing from a group of amazingly smart and savvy mentors who were young enough to be my kids. I don’t let ego get in the way of being a lifelong student. Heck, I even started learning guitar three years ago (though I’m willing to bet that Fender makes a lot of money from 50-year-olds trying to work out their mid-life crises). Read more>>

Claudia Castellanos | Co-founder and CEO of Black Mamba Foods – Chilli Queen and Environmental Activist

I think it is a combination between a really strong social and environmental ethos, and a fun and modern African brand. I believe consumers need an emotional attachment to brands, and this only happen if your brand embraces values that are important to them. More than ever consumers are interested in finding out who makes their products, and it they are made in an ethical and environmental friendly way. This creates a nice story and a solid foundation. If you can add a high quality and fun approach to the story (which is relatively easy when you are mostly dealing with chilli products and you are named after a dangerous African snake) you have a winning combination. Read more>>

Alonia “DJ LaLa Land” Walton | Professional DJ

The most important factor(s) behind my success are the connections I’ve made with past clients and more so fellow DeeJay’s. Staying connected and creating genuine relationships have brought many opportunities with corporations, celebrities and huge venues. Supporting others is a major factor for myself personally and a piece of advice I give to others. It’s a lonely world out there and it takes a village. Do to others as you’d want them to do to you. Read more>>

Lynette Haugen | CEO

I believe we are successful because we treat our employees with kindness and respect. In return, they treat our customers the same way. Since we are a family business, we work side by side with our employees, and we all share the same vision for True Blue Maids. Our company does not use an automated telephone service. I personally answer every customer call, and I am in constant contact with all of my employees throughout the day. Our values have allowed us to build a loyal customer base during this pandemic. We are grateful to have the opportunity to grow our business in this challenging time. Read more>>