Hardwork? Luck? Good habits? What would you say is behind your success? We’ve shared some thoughtful responses below.

Bria Anne Melendez | Musician, Writer, and Spiritual Coach/Intuitive

I believe the most important factor behind my success is my commitment to myself and openness to endless possibilities. I remain neutral in situations not seeing things as so black or white, good or bad. Everything just is. It prepares me to take the steps I need in order to do the work I want to do on this planet. To give to humanity. Give music, give word, give beauty, give joy, give inspiration. My openness brings opportunities my way in magical ways. Read more>>

Nate Calima | Entrepreneur, Director, & Producer

Getting over the fear of rejection and having a dominate mentality while creating attention toward the brand. You have to show up in order to grow up. At the same time, wisdom and faith uninvested in labor and courage is wasted. The ability to adapt quickly to new situations is important. The President has half the people absolutely love them and half the people absolutely detest them (and it may be for a completely false reason) however that is what it takes in order to reach the highest levels of success. Read more>>

LawJQ | Rapper, Director & Founder of The Re3el Empire

The most important factor behind my success, would have to be my passion for music. At the core of it all… It is my passion that drives all factors in which my brand succeeds from. Read more>>

Gilbert Medina Chris Alexander | Founders of Styles Make FIghts

There are many factors that are important behind our success, one of them is, the relationships we have built with the boxing community and the boxers themselves. We treat every fighter with the same respect as if they were the world champion, everyone gets the best service that we can provide. Another factor is, we create 1 of1 boxing fight night outfits, Which means that no one will ever wear the same outfit design that a previous fighter has worn.. and finally the exclusivity of our brand brings in more and returning fighters. by creating unique outfits that the world hasn’t seen yet. Read more>>

Shannon Irene | Lead Aesthetician at Shannon Irene Beauty

The personal relationships with clients, other practitioners in my industry and beauty brands has been the most important factor behind the success of my practice. I value every client I have in Los Angeles and Annapolis, MD, so always connecting with them and being there for anything they need is very important. I am always available to my clients for any questions or concerns that come up in between their treatments. Read more>>

leah avigdori | Holistic Aesthetician

I think the most important factor behind my success is believing and having confidence within myself, my abilities and recognizing my uniqueness. There are many estheticians and spas out there and many of them doing their craft very well. I could easily get lost in the constant bombardment of information showing me how amazing this person is and that business is, forgetting my own divinely designed energy that I have been given. It took me a while to tap into it. Read more>>

Nicolle Johnson | Music Clearance Consultant

I started off working in the music industry. My first experience was at Universal Music Publishing Group in Los Angeles. I worked in different departments within the company. I took on whatever opportunities were available. Later, I landed a permanent position within the music clearance department. I learned everything I could about film and TV and all the ins and outs of the music industry itself. After nine years, I moved to Warner Chappell Music in Los Angeles. Read more>>

Argel Rojo | Photographer

Believe in yourself. Have confidence that you are going to get there. I feel like there’s pressure from the world that tells you that by certain age you need to have accomplished so many things, as an artist you should already have a style a unique point of view, etc. And for me it was very important to understand that we all have a unique path and that I was gonna find my own way. Experimenting, trying new things, being inspired by other people, by nature, by my own work, my own process, because it’s very important to also cheer yourself. Read more>>

LaKisha DuCreay | CEO & Master Mixologist

What is the most important factor behind your success: I am going to say Me. My drive, focus and ambition to keep moving “Forward”no matter what challenges I came across.  Sometimes I didn’t always have a clear vision on what’s to come next, but I kept my faith that I wouldn’t walk myself off a cliff, about stressing out about the unknown, and I knew God had me and I couldn’t do anything else but go up! What is the most important factor behind  the success of your brand?  I placed a thought in my mind that every time I enter a building that when I stepped in a room, building, office, event etc…. Read more>>

Sarine | Event plannner/picnicsinla

The most important factor behind my success and the success of my brand has been: 1. The support of my family and boyfriend (because they’ve all helped me out and pushed me to grow and get bigger) , 2. Not being afraid of rejection or hard times because owning small biz is no easy. And 3. Always making sure I advertise no matter what, and have good relationships with different vendors. Read more>>

Ashly Valenzuela | Entertainment Attorney

The most important factor behind my/my business’ success is being a voice for the voiceless. One of my favorite quotes growing up was “be who you needed growing up.” The first time I read this quote, it struck a chord and has never left my heart. As a child I wanted to be a teacher to help children in their initial learning, but I realized that in being a lawyer I could have more of an impact on each client. Read more>>

Sean Sheppard | Public Servant, law enforcement trainer, media content producer

Faith in God. I never planned to do any of the things I’ve done to serve the Southern California community. I simply reached a point in my life where I looked in the mirror and didn’t like who was staring back at me. I wanted to be the best person I could be, but it took a lot of time to figure out how to do that. 5 years later, I still didn’t like who I was, didn’t like what I was doing, and didn’t feel like I wanted to live anymore. I prayed for God to either take my life or change my life. That was 19 years ago, Since that time, I’ve done nothing but bring diverse groups of people together to collectively work toward improving relations and serving other. Read more>>