We don’t believe success is random. Over the years we have spoken with hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs, artists, creatives, researchers, athletes, and more. We’ve learned from them – both through their stories and through the advice they’ve shared with us – and it’s quite evident that success is more likely when certain habits are present. So, we decided to ask folks to share their habits with us, especially those that they feel helped them succeed.

Rituja Kashid | Actor & Model

For me, my daily routine is very important. I am an actor, which is one of the most unstable jobs ever, so having some kind of a sense of stability is the only thing that keeps me sane. I usually wake up by at least 8am, drink a glass of water with squeezed lemon, do some yoga/meditation and say self-affirmations, eat breakfast, take a shower, and lastly do my makeup. Even if I’m not really doing anything or going anywhere that day, this will be my routine. Having this set thing in my day keeps me focused and motivated. It’s my me-time before the craziness of the day ensues. I feel like following this daily routine ensures that I’m at peace with myself and increases my self-worth, which help me with how emotionally and mentally challenging my career path is. Read more>>

Chelsea Luckey | Fitness instructor & Dental Sales Rep

Consistency is key. It is easier to give in and give up when times get hard. The challenge is keeping your head on straight through the ups and downs. Never let the highs get you too high, never let the lows get you too low. It doesn’t need to be perfect but your customer base relies on you. If you build a loop of trust with your customers and yourself, remain consistent, you will always prevail. “Its impossible to beat someone that does not give up”. Read more>>

Darrell Abney | Digital Artist & Sculptor

While I do consider myself a talented artist, I think the main thing that helped me achieve my goals isn’t raw artistic talent but me being a bit bone headed and persistent, and not listening to the negative. Everywhere you go there is resistance. There is even a book called The War of Art that talks alot about this. I think my passion for making art always has driven me and even tho it sometimes feels like you vs the world, it’s really you vs that voice inside your head saying “This is hard” and keep pushing forward. Read more>>

Jennifer Lopez | Photographer & Video Editor

I think getting in the habit of adapting to change and open to learning new things is what has helped me succeed. Things are always moving, and if you don’t move with the flow of change, you’ll get stuck behind. But if you’re at the forefront and learning new skills, you become valuable. Read more>>

Natasha Kolombo | Snowboarder, Traveler & YouTuber

I stay late, wake up early. Only these two habits can help you succeed. Read more>>

Cristina Castro | Actress & Producer

You got to love what you do. In my case, acting is not an easy path to take. It has ups and downs, but if you really have passion for what you do, you won’t care about the bumpy roads. You will see things in a different way, and nothing or no one will stop you from pursuing your goals. I also remember once my father said that to be successful in any area of life you gotta be persistent and be organized. I am constantly reminding my self about these two and they have helped me grow not only professionally, but also personally. Be open and flexible in any situation. It is good to have a plan B and even a plan C. Ultimately if something is meant to be, it will be. Read more>>

Krystal Thompson | Self Worth & Success Coach

The same habits that I now coach my own clients through are exactly what have helped me succeed and get to where I am. Want to know the secret? It’s not always easy, but it is simple. We must treat our dreams and big ideas as if they are going to work. I mean really work, like “I’ve never even considered Plan B because this is going to work” work. When you show up with that energy day after day, incredible things happen. Let me be clear: it is completely normal to doubt yourself along the way. I still have days and nights of crushing doubt and fear, temper tantrums with myself in the mirror, low key cries in my car. Read more>>

Kristin Schackmann | Model & Influencer

Being persistent and staying in contact with other brands and companies I have worked with throughout this difficult time of the pandemic/protests really helped me have continued success. Read more>>

KayBe | Recording Artist & Songwriter

Discipline, for one. In every possible aspect you can think of. When it comes to my instrument, my voice… I have to be disciplined to warm up, train, practice, have the courage to fail and try new things and do it all over again… even when I don’t want to (which is more than you would think). But other than just practicing and training my voice… discipline is important in every facet of life because you are YOU and that bleeds into everything you do. My body IS my instrument, so I am very disciplined in taking care of it… how am I nourishing my body with food, exercise, thoughts, people and jobs I surround myself with? And even furthermore… it’s important to discipline my mental and moral state… Read more>>

Andrew Alandy | Host, Actor, Singer & Streamer

One thing I’ve drilled into my head is the habit of not speaking during a conversation. This sounds weird, but hear me out for a second (pun slightly intended). I’ve worked on letting my colleagues finish their thoughts first and let them speak so that I understand, clearly, what they are saying. If I feel the urge to interject, I stop myself from doing so, mostly because that means that I am not listening/being attentive to the person(s) I am interacting with. I’ve also taken to working out in the morning before I head to work, and this has helped tremendously; not just for my physical health but also my mental and emotional health. Since my schedule has allowed for me to do this, I’ve found myself more attentive to daily tasks and overall more positive. Read more>>

Sly Jones | Food Show Host

Habits that I believed helped me succeed is being persistent, having a great attitude (even when others don’t) and Determination. These three rules alone can take you pretty far. Once you find what you want to do, water that idea like a freshly planted seed and watch it grow, but remember you are there sunlight for idea. Do whatever it takes even if you have to do it on your own. Never give up! Read more>>

Delia E. Racines, Ph.D. | Educational Consultant & Coach

There are a few habits that I think have helped me succeed throughout my career and have remained helpful now as a consultant. My top three are prioritizing how I spend my time daily, writing down actionable steps to achieve my goals, and keeping up with and applying recent research to best support my clients and ultimately students. Read more>>

Casey Boshae Williams | Founder & CEO

Entrepreneurship is inherently unstructured. This is one of the reasons why it can be such an exciting process, but it can be challenging at times to stay consistent and focused, especially when just starting out. Consistency and persistence are key. You do not have to conquer the world in one day, week or even year! Pick small tasks that you can do regularly to stay on track. Have an Instagram page? Make sure you post daily, no matter what. Have a YouTube channel or blog? Get content out on a regular basis. Have a product-based business? Keep working on the quality of your offerings until they are exceptional. All those small daily tasks add up into big chunks of progress. Read more>>

Danielle W Carter | Recording Artist & Songwriter

Incremental progress is powerful in creating monumental change.  I align my habits with my personal vision, and welcome opportunities that match the creative path I envision ahead as a music artist, songwriter and jewelry designer.   There is a list of practices that I keep on auto-pilot, and they provided the foundation that helped me achieve some recent career wins:  1) delivered dynamic live shows locally and on the East Coast in collaboration with many heart-felt charitable organizations, 2) awarded First Place in the International Songwriters Song Day Contest, and 3) debuted an original Dani W + Drew song in a new series directed by Ava DuVernay for Oprah’s OWN Network.  Excited for what my team and I will accomplish together next! + Picture it! Read more>>

Riji Raja | Actress

Treating my Acting Career like a 9-5 job. Well, you’ve heard this multiple times but if you think about it, it rings true. What if we could time block our acting activities and assignments throughout the day – 1 hour for Script Analysis, 30 mins for Cold Read, 30 mins for Networking. Now, how effective and efficient would that be! And if you already have a 9-5 job, treat your Creative Career as your second job, your night shift. It’s still a job and it deserves the time & energy too if you want to see results. It’s all about persistence and consistency without worrying about the outcome. Read more>>

Tina Jo | Photographer

I think the habits of consistently looking at other people’s work has been really helpful in terms of developing my career. It helped me to understand the trend, learn new ideas that I can execute to my own, giving me the desire to photograph more, and make better work. It is like having supporters around you to push harder. Read more>>

Daisy Gomez | Hairstylist & Hair Accessories Creator

The most important habits for success are discipline, consistency, and taking action. These are habits that many people struggle with but when done consistently , they give you the results you want. Discipline for my business is crucial because I am self employed . Not every day do I feel motivated, but I am driven. That drive is what keeps you going even on the days you do not feel motivated . And discipline is the key to succeed on your daily goals . You force yourself to get through the day because you know the end result depends on you consistently disciplining yourself in that specific area you are working on. Read more>>

Randi Kofsky | Psychotherapist

I find habits fascinating. The process of learning how to gently undo certain habits in order to lean in and create new, sustainable habits definitely helped me gain traction as a Solopreneur, both personally and professionally. I view habits as containers which provide awareness of how I spend time and this overarching habit of thinking has been instrumental for growth. A useful habit that has proven critical as a business owner is keeping track of daily expenses in addition to monthly and yearly. Staying connected to finances like this has helped me in seemingly unrelated areas like how I buy clothes. I used to not invest in style, thinking it trivial, yet at the same time I didn’t always love what I wore. Read more>>

Brandi Marsh | CEO & Founder

One of the biggest habits I believe helped me succeed, is discipline. Discipline in working on my vision and not giving up . There were plenty of times when I wanted quit, but I had to get resolve in my mind, that no matter hard it would get I would not quit. I started, Non Profit, a mentoring program for girls in 2017. This program focuses on self-worth, self-value, and self-confidence. One thing that helped me stay disciplined to not only start but succeeding in the non-profit space is setting goals and establishing dates and deadlines. I believe this kept me focused on my goals for the non profit so that I can not only succeed but excel. Read more>>

Buffy Stenger | Vintage Shop Owner

One of the biggest habits that took part in my shops success was actually scheduling work hours while home. When you’re working from home the hours and minutes become blurred and by setting an actual work shift it helps me stay focused and not get distracted by household chores on end up knee deep in a Netflix series. Actually scheduling my day, let’s me hold myself accountable for that time frame and helps me be more productive. Read more>>

Helena Derett | Screenwriter

I have to credit success on so many things but there are a couple of major habits I can point to and say: yes, without that I wouldn’t have gotten anywhere! The first is I never gave up on learning. I became a perpetual student of screenwriting. I’ve read most major books on the subject, and I attend seminars and classes. I have a mentor who is full of information and has a very positive philosophy, which enhances my own. I constantly revisit old lessons too; sometimes to find new ways of applying a technique I already know, or to discover something I missed the first time around. And the best part is I really enjoy this. I get super excited when I find something new I want to learn. It’s like a new toy. Read more>>

Amanda Green | Woodworker & Entrepreneur

I would say the most important habit for long term success is consistency. Keeping a positive attitude, continual networking and not being afraid to go after your goals are all great habits for success as well. Read more>>