TV, Movies, and culture in general sometimes paints a narrow, specific image of what success is, but we know from our conversations with some of the best and brightest that success can mean vastly different things to different people.

Elizabeth Odiorne | Textile Artist

Success to me is loving what you do and creating what you want to. Instead of making what I think people would like, I stay true to my creative vision. I think it’s important to stay true to myself, stay focused on my own personal goals and not what my peers’ goals are. I also believe in being open and willing to collaborate. It’s a great way to make something I wouldn’t typically make as well as open new doors and having a different perspective. Read more>>

Jackie Kunkel | Quilt Instructor & Quilt and Fabric Designer

I always find this question interesting. I believe that success is a state of mind for sure. For me, success is not only setting your mind to a task and completing it, but really feeling happiness in that completion. You can finish something just to finish it, but not feel satisfied or fulfilled when it is complete. I think that happens more than most like to admit. But when I really feel success is when something is completed and I have made myself and others happy. It is that moment of celebration, deep seated celebration!!! That to me is success! Read more>>.

Roberto Cordero | Photographer, Videographer, & Actor

I define success as living my true purpose, peace of mind, and having a positive impact on the lives of people – by uplifting them and inspiring them to think and act in ways that they may not have considered before. Success isn’t defined by the amount of money in your bank account, it’s about the difference you make in your life and in peoples lives. Read more>>