There are so many factors that can play a role in determining our results, performance and ultimately our success, but some factors matter more than others. We asked folks what they felt was the most important factor driving their success.

Bita Milanian | SVP, Global Marketing at Ribbon; Branding & Communications Strategist, Community Leader & Producer. Proud Iranian-American. Radio Host. Curator BitaKitchen.com

To understand my secrets to success, it is important to first define what success means to me, and that – is balance. I consider myself incredibly fortunate to be happy in all aspects of life. In addition to my very busy and colorful career in the real-time communications technology industry, I am married to an incredible man, 20 years this September, with a loving stepson, daughter-in-law, and four beautiful grandchildren. Read more>>

Sharan Chahal | Yoga Therapist & Clinical Case Manager

– My approach to spiritual holistic wellness involves placing value towards the client and their lived experiences, perceptions of their struggles, their stated desires, wishes and hopes. Hearing the client’s input is the most important factor, I take their information gathered and weave it into their highly individualized treatment program. Read more>>

Josh Suguitan | Photographer, Videographer, & Video Editor

I believe the most important factor for me creatively and professionally has been accepting as many jobs as I can in my field. This lead me down a path of new opportunity, new experiences, and more work. Also, equally important, if not more important, is meeting new people (a.k.a. networking). I realized in my line of work, there will always be a need for marketing, content creation, and editing. So, in order for me to find those opportunities I needed to be open to cultivating new relationships and talking about what I do whenever I could. Read more>>

Sophie Egan | Singer-Songwriter

I think the most important factor to my success is Harry, my brother, and I’s team work as co-writers and Harry as the producer of my songs. We are able to be honest with each other when we are working and challenge one another as songwriters. When Harry and I first started writing together, we didn’t think about it too much. Read more>>

Christi Schimpke | Jewelry Designer

There are actually a few factors — sustainability, uniqueness, innovation, and collaboration. Read more>>

little luna | Musical Artist + Yoga Teacher

tell the truth. sounds simple enough, but we all know as adults that can be easier said than done. with all of my lyrics, sounds, alternate versions of the song, music videos, and yoga flows, my focus factor is that i tell the truth to the best of my ability. this project, little luna, is about re-discovering your truest self, and to do that, i have to tell my truth. i get to share my journey, as i re-discover my truest self. i believe, (that even on a subconscious level) that is why the little success i do have right now is happening. people want to hear your story, and they want to know the whole of it. Read more>>

Dr. Tina Webb | Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Podcast Host, & Business Owner

The most important factor behind my success is perseverance, and just knowing that when one door closes, another one will open. I think that it can be easy to get discouraged when in pursuit of your dreams, because there are often so many setbacks, failures, and fears that can arise. But, in spite of it all, you have to keep going and just know that everything you want is on the other side of fear. No matter what, just keep going, eventually, perseverance will lead to success. Read more>>

Bella Kelly | Singer Songwriter – Artist

I think the most important factors behind success, whatever the definition of success is, is to believe in yourself and be driven. There are going to be a lot of people, especially when you start any artistic career, that will try to bring you down, put you down, minimize your work and your talent, whether is out of jealousy or else. You have to know your worth but also be objective, don’t overestimate yourself but also be confident in your abilities and don’t let anyone tell you different. Read more>>

Jae “aVeganAndHer” Ramos | Content Creator & Professional Foodie

Honesty and authenticity. I always tell people to not fake the funk and always be true to who they are and what they are doing in life. So when you see me rate food as “danky,” I truly use that word when determining if something is good. I actually hike a lot, so my outdoor content is natural and not just for a selfie or to be part of a challenge. Read more>>

Albert Aldana | Entrepreneur & Owner of Snap Home Services

Success can be defined in many ways. To me success means being happy and complete, managing the business with a heart and respect, knowing that at the end of the day I made someone’s life better. We take pride in the work we do and enjoy what we do. I treat our team members with respect and dignity, I try to make an enjoyable work place so that they are happy. Read more>>

Gary Leli | Comedian

My Wife Lindsay, my family and my close friends. You have to surround yourself with positive people who are moving in the same direction as you. Read more>>

Saman Bangloria Shah | Chief Creative Officer

Customer satisfaction – 100%. I strive to ensure every single of my clients has a smile on their face when they see their dream event. They are the reason for my success. There is no better compliment than the referral of a new client from a past client. Read more>>

Randy Gist | Saxophonist, Composer, DJ, Producer, Photographer

I can’t really pin it down to just one thing. What I can say is the importance consistency, optimism and enthusiasm cannot be understated. I’ve found that they all feed into one another and really help propel you forward in anything that you want to do. If you do anything everyday, eventually you will without question make improvements. Life is hard enough without you adding extra negativity to it, so just focus on staying optimistic and it helps lift a lot of the weight. Being excited about something is one of the easiest ways to know where to focus your time, strike while the iron is hot! Read more>>

Stacey Lindsay | Multimedia Journalist, Writer, and Creative Editorial Consultant

I strive to collaborate with people that hold two things paramount: They aim to put out a product or service that lifts up people, and they follow through on the message they present by practicing it behind closed doors. This means founders and “leaders” who treat their employees well by providing equity, respect, good pay, and inclusive, malleable working conditions. As an editorial consultant, working with such individuals motivates my work. It helps me to help them amplify their story. And on the journalistic side of my work, I strive to always cover the stories of people really following through on trying to make the world more inclusive and equitable for people. Read more>>

Kat Ball | Animator

I feel like what makes my career worthwhile are all of the people I’ve built friendships and communities alongside. It’s paramount to be able to share each other’s endeavors and help one another. Friends who have helped push me into my career now are why I am here, and I thank them endlessly for this. Read more>>

Ta Worraseth | Artist/Musician

it’s really important that you keep going………. For me many times i feel i should give up about what i am doing when i’m compare to other but in the other hand i really think to find my own way and keep going………. We cannot be someone that we try to be 100% we passed different things different feeling Read more>>

Tamara Miller | Composer for TV & Film

Composing music for Film & TV has certainly been an adventure! Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always loved sitting at the piano and creating something new. I still find myself daydreaming at the keys while thinking about my next musical story. Our imaginations are precious. They carry us off to far away places that allow us to see the world in a new light. Our imaginations show us a world of possibilities. Read more>>

Lady Bain | Musician, singer/songwriter

I believe the most important factor behind the success of my brand is my faith in God and the people that were put in my life to help bring the vision to pass. Read more>>

Bridget Flaherty | Podcast Producer & Host

There’s a lot to be said for consistency. Releasing two podcasts each week on their respective days goes a long way to create a relationship with our audience. Also, meeting the same time each week to record helps production stay on schedule. Read more>>

Cynthia Thayer | Global Chief Marketing Officer

The most important factor behind the success of Yowie (https://yowieworld.com) as a brand is our ability to provide parents and caregivers with a guilt-free way to treat the kids in their life while supporting wildlife conservation awareness.
If you are going to treat children with a candy or chocolate, Yowie is the smartest way to do that. Read more>>

Josh Buckwald | Founder, Chef, and Chief Delivery Boy of Orso

We are a hospitality company that happens to sell pasta. My background in restaurants was obviously essential to Orso’s success… You can’t make food without learning how to cook first. But the most important takeaway from that industry that didn’t occur to me until much later was the dedication to hospitality – to making people feel good – and what an incredible positive impact that can have on your business. Read more>>

Brooke Michaela | Brooke Michaela | Dancer & Choreographer

The most important factor behind my success has been showcasing my uniqueness. I have been a big fan and studied film in school so I incorporated the aesthethics of film in my dance videos. You’re not just learning a dance, you’re watching a story unfold. I didn’t recognize it but when I submitted my dance video for a dance competition on MTV, people tuned in and stated “I like Brooke’s style.” Read more>>

Bryant Edwards | Occupational Therapist

I think one of the most important factors, for me, has been accepting that I will not have all the answers or make all the right decisions. So then, I make sure to learn from others, to seek feedback or mentorship, and try to integrate that into my decision-making. That’s not to say that I come in without perspective or opinion; but it does mean that I work to be open to having that perspective or opinion challenged and even changed. I’d like to think that through that openness, I have broadened my ways of thinking and doing, but I have also built the trust of others. Read more>>

Sierra Heuermann | SAG-AFTRA Actor, Stunt woman, Musical Artist and Songwriter. Business owner of Sierra Candles

Being kind to others. I wouldn’t be where I am today if didn’t make the connections I made, and I made those connections by being kind, loyal, giving, hard working and honest to myself and who I am. Read more>>

Lisa Cady | Chief Operations Officer at Agaso Outdoor

The most important factor in the success of Agaso Outdoor is perseverance. With any business endeavor, even if you have a brilliant idea or execution it still takes time to find your market, earn trust and become accepted. Even in today’s digital landscape you have to leave time for things to happen organically. Read more>>

Breanna Bartolucci | Lifestyle Photographer

The moment I chose to be my own brand is when my success began. If you try to creatively be like another artist you’re only holding yourself back. It’s okay to be inspired by other artists but it’s liberating to just be you! Read more>>

Melissa (Mel) Wyatt | MW Enterprises LLC – Real Estate Investor and Developer

The most important factor behind my success and the success of my brand is consistency and grit & grind. I have built MW Enterprises LLC from the ground up I was not raised with a silver spoon in my month. Surrounding myself with great people that respect what I do and help push it forward was also helpful. Read more>>

Bibi Quiles (DJ Keelez) | Owner and Lead DJ at DJ Keelez & Associates

I believe the most important factor behind the success of my brand is my authenticity. As a female, LGBTQ+, Puerto Rican DJ, I struggled with this for a while because I did not know the best way to market myself without potentially alienating clients. Read more>>

Nicole Hanasab | Life Coach & Career Coach

The most important factor behind my success is my belief in myself. Starting a business is hard, and definitely takes a lot of time to become ‘successful’. But I never let the difficulties, set backs, and slow pace of growth doubt by worth as a Life Coach. I always had certainly in myself and in the path I was in. I knew my worth and was patient with the growth of my business. Read more>>

Fellippe Esteves | Hospitality Industry

Our biggest asset is our employees, we are committed to their success, our company culture is about our employees and providing them with a happy and exciting place to work. Read more>>

MJ | Owner of High Honors Clothing Brand

Self discipline and determination are a few of the most important factors behind the success of my brand. I literally have to discipline myself every single day to have a balance and focus on aspects of my business. I pay for coaching and training to learn new things or ways that I can be doing something better.  Read more>>

Ticara Devone | Sneaker Reporter and Content Creator

One of the most important factors for me is to remain a student. I remember to constantly try new things and learn from others. Times consistently change and you have to accept it and by always being a student your open to those new possibilities. Read more>>

Cherie Zuo | Owner & Designer of LAMENO fashion jewelry

It is SO hard to say which factor is the most important one because every small thing matters in our success. If I have to pick one factor, I would say: trust your business partners. Mutual trust between you and your partners is SO SO important. LA MENO was created by me and my husband, Jeremy. We trust each other along this way. Running a business is all about decisions. Read more>>

Nick Audy | Film Composer & Drummer

I think one of the most important factors behind my success has been my constant hustle. I am someone who is always thinking, “How can I improve?” “Who should I be reaching out too?” “What can I do right now that my peers around me are sleeping on?” To me, working hard has never been a question. I believe it is this mindset that has lend to my on going success. Read more>>

Kalos | Photographer & Creative Director

I believe that the most important factor behind my success is the fact that I don’t like to settle for “good enough”. There is no such thing as “good enough” when it comes to my art. I strive for perfection, or the closest that I can get to it. Read more>>

Laura Vena | Community Activist & Writer

At the core of our organization is community building. I may be the founder and director of my organization, but our success is dependent upon our community coming together to support one another. When people feel empowered and have agency, they often want to share that feeling with others. This creates a ripple effect: those in our community gain a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment in helping others while they nourish themselves. For me, collaboration and respect are the most important factors behind our success. Read more>>

Jon Kim | Taquero

Stick with what you know, and stay true to your roots. We’re still far from what we consider ‘successful’, but our progress so far has been largely due to our relationships and networking. You never know who may visit the popup and one day hit you up for an event that puts you on the map. Read more>>

Zach Sorgen | Lead Singer of Wake the Wild and “Gold” Songwriter

Perseverance and network. When I used to play soccer as a kid, I wasn’t the fastest or the best shot, but I really wanted to win. I was driven and motivated and I had endurance even when I got tired. I was a team player and knew that the team is everything. I think those skills translated well into the music industry.  Read more>>

Tatianna Amatruda | Co-Founder and CEO, Wicks And Tricks, Inc.

The most important factor behind success is the ability to stay strong, resilient, and focused on building the brand. Through Wicks And Tricks’ launch, we’ve had many more “no”-s than “yes”-es, so you have to get very comfortable with rejection. It doesn’t mean your brand isn’t viable or that it doesn’t have potential, it often can mean that you’re not aligned at the moment with the customer, buyer, or investor. Staying resilient in your final vision helps to keep my team and I confident, and constantly striving to push forward. And it makes the wins (!!!) even that much better. Read more>>

Briggs Weyraich | Owner, Founder Briggs Beard Co. & Traveling DJ

being both authentic and real with my customers and anyone who I do business with. When it comes to Briggs Beard Co and my brand, I truly built it around who I am as a person and who I truly want to be perceived as by customers and other people I do business with. When it comes to creative business in today’s world there are a lot of people who pursue the idea of getting rich quick or doing things just for clout as the kids would say. Read more>>