Every overnight success we’ve seen has been years in the making. And those overnight successes are rarely because of an amazing idea or a stroke of luck. We asked some of our favorite folks from the community about what characteristics are at the heart of their success story?

Lindsay McOien | Commercial + Brand Photographer

To me, the most important factor in any business is relationships. Whether that be the relationship you have with your team, the relationship with your clients/customers, or honestly even your relationship with yourself. Of course, you can’t please everyone, nor should you even try to, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t have good relationships with the people around you. Read more>>

Tracy Battaglia | Small Business Coach & Consultant, Website Designer, Branding Specialist

Hard work, solid brand core values, systems, a fluid mindset, continued education, consistency and kindness to each and every client. It’s never one thing and there are more but these are the most important factors. Read more>>

Cindy Nichols | Founder of The Wordy Traveler

The most important factor has been staying true to the reason I began The Wordy Traveler. When founding the company, I committed to adding value to others. Today, we’re able to to add value in ways I couldn’t have imagined in the beginning, but maintaining that focus has influenced every decision as we’ve grown. When I started The Wordy Traveler, I went against the prevailing model in the subscription industry. Read more>>

Shelby Braziel | Self taught baker and blogger

You really have to love what you’re doing, and passionately. If you’re in it to become wealthy, a social media standout, or someone you think everyone needs to hear about, you’ll likely never succeed, and if you do, it wouldn’t be for the right reasons. You have to be willing to fail again and again and again. You have to be willing to try new things without worry of backlash and criticism. Read more>>

Kenny Mays | Fitness Professional

Definitely our dedication to our clients. Our programs are customized for our clients based on their goals and current fitness levels. This along with our product and service offerings make us unique. Read more>>

Teniqua Broughton | Founder and Chief Executive Officer, VerveSimone Consulting

The most important factor behind my success and brand is the ability to broker and build relationships. In this line of work, who you know and how your network works for you can mean the difference between creating actionable change and just knowing people in your community. From my experience, I have been able to help organizations create the most change when I activate my network and utilize personal relationships. Read more>>

Jarick White | Freelance Bartender & Event Specialist

The most important factor behind my success and my brand, is simply, me. I believe that if you are trying to build an empire, one needs to start by networking and engaging with the right people, building their trust. That can only happen by being a kind, personable, and inspiring person. Without that lovable personality, finding success can tend to be difficult. Read more>>

Bill Jeralds | Artist – Angel Sculptor

I would say the most important factor is the belief that I am truly fulfilling a purpose, in both myself, and those who love and own my Angels. I have heard stories from many people who own the Angels I create telling me about the positive impact the Angels have had on their lives. Each time I hear one of these stories, it reignites my passion for the work I do. Read more>>