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

Bruna Nessif | Author, Speaker & Life Coach

Like many others, success has often been a goal of mine, however, it took me a long time to realize that I never truly defined what success meant for me. For years, I thought success was a certain dollar amount in the bank or fame and praise. But through the course of my career and personal journey, I realized that success is defined by my happiness. Sure, praise and lots of money can contribute to that, but it’s not the root of it. The root of my happiness is alignment. Read more>>

Monika Felice Smith | Choreographer, Movement Coach & Dancer

For me, success is landing in a creative space where you are finding ultimate happiness. Read more>>

Allison Wells | Health & Wellness Coach

A successful business can be defined in a number of different ways. The most obvious is monetarily. I’ve found that if I focus solely on how much money I’ve made in a day, week, or year, it can overshadow the larger impact of my business. Because I work primarily with individuals, I remind myself to define my success on a more subjective level. Working with clients to help them achieve their long-term health and wellness goals, while also connecting with what they need on any given day is my mission. Read more>>

Adam Normandin | Artist

For me, success is an ever illusive thing; Like a carrot on a stick, it is always just beyond reach and a motivating force that keeps me pushing forward. I don’t really know what it is, beyond that. I don’t think I have yet to experience it. -Perhaps I never will. I can say that I know what success is not. Like many, I was raised to believe success is about financial gain. The things we can do or buy with an abundance of money. While I have been fortunate to experience some of this, I have to admit that it has never made me feel successful. Read more>>

Alexandra Stav | Photographer

To me success means I’ve earned the freedom to do what I want when I want. I don’t think success means freeing myself from all responsibilities, but that I have created a life where I “clock in” and “clock out” on my own schedule and have the freedom to determine what my personal and work life look like. It’s a lot easier to complete mundane but necessary tasks, like responding to emails or filing taxes, when I get to do them on my own terms. Read more>>

Amie Leadingham | Master Certified Dating & Relationship Coach

What is the most important factor behind your success / the success of your brand? I believe the world is leaning towards a mindful movement, especially when it comes to dating. People are tired of winging it and fear falling into a divorce, once, twice, or more. I became a Master Certified Relationship Coach, for this reason, it is more than a profession to me, it is a movement to help change the face of relationships all over the world. Many of us were not taught healthy relationship skills, not even in schools. Read more>>

Brooke deRosa | Composer, Vocalist & Conductor

I think success is being able to look at yourself in the mirror in the morning and think you are doing a good job. If you truly believe in what you are pursuing, you are proud of what you’ve done, and you are enthusiastic about and open to future possibilities you will always feel successful. Read more>>

Nicole Goesseringer Muj | PR Executive & Founder

To me, success can be defined as a balancing act. While for some people, success means to achieve fame, or others, to earn a high salary, I feel that these things are only part of the balance. I firmly believe that nurturing one’s inner happiness, developing genuine personal and professional relationships and living one’s life with integrity and self respect, combined with for example, getting that dream job or reaching that material goal – all go hand in hand, defining what true success really is. Read more>>