Getting to do what you love? Providing for your loved ones? What does success mean to you? Below you’ll find perspectives from some of the city’s best and brightest.

Brandon Lee Richardson | Music Artist & Producer

This question has actually been heavy on my mind for the past couple of years and I’ve come to the conclusion that to me, success comes in two parts. The first part is to have complete ownership of my time so that I can have the freedom to live the life that I want to live. Most of us aren’t truly free. When you work for or sign to a company, for however much they pay you, the system is set up so that your employer essentially owns you for 40+ hours a week. Read more>>

Cory Martin | Writer

As a writer, the amount of books sold or clicks on an article don’t really equal success to me. To me success comes when I get DMs or emails from readers who are helped by my work. Those messages make me feel like I’m on the right path. I write a lot about living with chronic illness and I share my low and high points openly because I want others to know that they’re not alone. When I was twenty-eight years old, I was told I had multiple sclerosis. Read more>>

Godfrey Plata | Community & Political Organizer

This is such a hard question because there are so many different parts of life in which we might desire success. In Burnett and Evans’ DESIGNING YOUR LIFE, for example, they propose imagining parts of our life like gas meters we might find in our cars: how “full” is your “work” tank? Your “health” tank? Your “play” tank? Your “love” tank? Perhaps success is being able to manage the push, pull, and balance between these various tanks, knowing that one tank being 100% “full” may not make you feel good if another tank is running on empty. Read more>>

Madeline Arnault | Textile Artist

Success is an ever-moving goal. I strive for it, and while I find it in pieces and small moments, there is always more to be achieved because my art and the world are always evolving. In the short term, success is feeling confident and proud of my work. That can look different day to day – it may be the eight hours plus I spent sewing, or the one hour spent reading theory. It can be the hike that gave me inspiration. In the longer term, success is feeling that I’ve applied my time well. Read more>>