Through our work we have been constantly amazed at the incredible things people in every neighborhood are working on. What’s even more exciting is that they all have different stories, backgrounds, strengths and weaknesses. That there isn’t a single formula for success means that everyone can take their unique set of strengths and characteristics and turn it into a success story. We recently reached out to some folks we admire and asked them what characteristics they feel are responsible for their success.

Lucia Chain | Fashion designer, Creative director and Artisan

I think that the most important factor behind the recognition of my work is the manifesto of values ​​that I uphold from the beginning. Being genuine and having coherence between my life and my work made people really believe in me and see the brand as something real to trust. Read more>>

Ashley LaBarrie | Real Estate Entrepreneur & Interior Designer

I think the most important factor behind my success has been authenticity and finding my dharma. Dharma is your calling, your life’s task, it’s finding where you naturally flourish and thrive; the key in dharma is finding a way to do the things you love coupled with having the response from others be not only good, but also helps people and serves humanity; that shows that your passion has a purpose. Passion plus expertise, plus usefulness cultivates dharma and to me, that’s the best route to success and personal fulfillment. Read more>>

Amanda LaCount | Professional Dancer, Choreographer, Actress & Influencer #breakingthestereotypeTM

The most important factor behind my success and the success of my brand is loving myself and being confident in who I am. As a plus size professional dancer, many people have tried to knock me down but saying I’m too fat to be a dancer. However, I love my body and I am confident in who I am. That is why I started my own hashtag #breakingthestereotypeTM I believe that every body is a dancer’s body. Read more>>

Ashley Curtis | Licensed Aesthetician & Wellness Expert

This is a great question! I would have to say that the biggest contributing factor to my success and the success of my businesses is that I have no issues remaining a forever student. There are always new techniques to learn from other professionals and the Aesthetics Industry is forever evolving. Staying up to date with the latest research, technology and not letting pride or ego drive the car is essential. Being flexible is a great way to do business no matter which industry you’re in and understanding that there will be ebbs and flows of feeling “successful” and also feeling like a beginner all over again. Read more>>

Adam Brouillette | Artist & Community Organizer

To me, there are three major factors behind my success, the success of my projects, and the success of my brand. The first is the ability to pay attention. Not just in conversation. But in observation and presence. My ability to create things that are meaningful has more to do with observing the space and people around me and figuring out how the abilities I have can elevate or illuminate those situations. Read more>>

Mike Levinson | M&R Automotive Making Your Off Roading Adventures Brighter

I email, talk, text my customers with anything that they need. That human touch makes my business more personable versus an automated machine with number options. If you’re under a truck installing a product, the last thing you want to do is be placed on hold. To your surprise I’ll answer your call and will walk you through your install. In return, I have been blessed with makin long time friends that help me bring my crazy development ideas to real life by installing new products on their trucks. I follow their off roading adventures on social media and get ideas of how to better my business. Read more>>

Kartika Luky | Video Game Sound Designer

The biggest factors for me are honesty and willingness to learn. I think they both go hand in hand. When I’m honest to myself, I can always see an opportunity to learn and a room for improvement. The more I learn, the better I get at doing my work, which is sound design. And over the past year, it has led me to several opportunities I’m thankful for, such as awards, scholarships, and getting my dream job. It all started when I was looking for jobs during my final year of college. I knew I wanted to do sound for games. Read more>>

Rupal Banerjee | Entrepreneur & Fashion Designer

Being open to learning and picking up things fast. I noticed from an early age that to run my own brand, I had to know both business and creative aspects. So, I went to school for marketing and branding and continued to take internships in the the fashion industry, whether it was product development or fashion design. Whatever, I didn’t know already; I taught myself just from YouTube. I learned to hand make clothes, I learn to do graphic design for my marketing materials. This, mixed with my marketing background made me jack of all trades type. Read more>>

Estrella Serrato | First-generation Latina & Academic Influencer

Doing the thing that scares me the most… elevated Cafecito con Estrellita® a Latinx podcast that guides first-generation scholars through the path of education to launch and be the ever growing platform that we see present today. I started my higher education journey at 18 years old and attended my local community college. I did not know what I wanted to do, however, from the moment I stepped foot on my campus I experienced the pressures that many first-generation Latinxs experience first hand. Read more>>

Cydney Simone | Fashion & Lifestyle Content Creator

I am a fashion and lifestyle content creator so the biggest secret behind my success would be consistency. I know it can sound cliche because it sounds so simple to “ be consistent” but it is deeper than the surface. As a content creator you need to stay consistent to grow in all aspects of the business. Consistency allows you to grow your presence online, keeps your followers engaged and even grow mentally everyday. It helps you stay knowledgeable on new concepts that are happening in your industry. Posting everyday is not easy, it’s very challenging to create enough content, Read more>>

David Jofre | Actor

I think one of the most important factors behind the work that I have done is consistency and be always prepared. Whenever I’m not filming, I’m always finding ways to improve and learn more about my craft and the industry. Read more>>

Nicole L. Galinson | Photographer, Creative Director, Musician

Self-preservation. Making sure you stick around to enjoy the success you’ve amassed or are currently working towards presents much more of a challenge than it should. I’ve been extremely fortunate to have had some of the greatest opportunities present themselves during this pandemic, but none of that matters if you can’t bring yourself to meet them where they deserve to be met. Before the pandemic it was so much easier for me to push through the burnout, but now I’m recognizing I’ve entered a different season of my life. I’m learning to take the necessary rest and recuperation seriously, so that I can continue along the journey at full capacity. Read more>>