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?

MRDEATHBREATH | Spoiler free film critic,and celebrity interviewer

The most important factor behind my success has been taking risks. You have to ask yourself what are you willing to Risk to achieve success at any level. The big Risk I have to take anytime I attempt to gain traction is the Risk of rejection. The Risk of rejection may seem trivial to people ,but believe me when I tell you it’s not. Rejection is tied to how you view yourself,and when someone rejects you it’s devastating.Throughout my career I have reached out to big events for press Creditentials, Actors,and directors. For ever yes I received,I have twenty rejections. Even at this stage in my career the Risk of rejection still stings. Nonetheless, I chose to take the Risk of being rejected for the glory of success. The fruit is sweetest when you fought hard for it. Read more>>

Rachel Horwitz | Graphic Designer

Reliability has been the key to building a successful graphic design business. Freelancers and artists can have a negative reputation for being flaky or inflexible. I have my work cut out for me to prove that a client can depend on me. There are the simple, daily acts—responding quickly, meeting deadlines, providing quality work. Trust also comes from the business components—creating contracts, providing detailed monthly invoices, having insurance, establishing an LLC. The magic happens on the personal side because this is not just a business­—it’s my passion. Knowing that a client has a lot of deadlines but is not good at project management, I will follow up on outstanding projects to make sure that they don’t fall through the cracks. Noticing that a client struggles with details, I will double-check info and spelling. If a client needs something I can’t provide myself, I’ll find a colleague or service that can help. Reliability has helped me establish long-term clients as well as finding new clients—100% of new business is referrals. Read more>>

Sarah-Jane Laforcarde | Hair Extension specialist.

My most important factor behind my brand is creating my own product that worked for me personally so I could then share with the world. I would never promote something I didn’t believe in myself. Read more>>

Andrea Pierce-Naymon | Founder of OY-L Natural Skincare and Orange Rose Apothecary

I believe it is passion. I truly believe we can live a sustainable life without the use of chemicals and the products that are destroying us and the world. We need to slow down and think about what we are doing and find a better solution. I want to teach people about what nature provides us with and it’s not too late to make changes. Read more>>

Jeannette Hammer Heath | Licensed Massage Therapist and Yoga Instructor

I feel the most important factor behind my success is my desire to make a difference in peoples lives. Massage therapy is so much more than simply relieving muscle tension. I have the honor of seeing people in their happiest, most amazing moments in their lives. Massages are given as birthday gifts, wedding gifts, to help a pregnant momma relax through her pregnancy. I also get to see them through their tough, stressful and sad times as well. See, we seek out all forms of therapy for ourselves when we are happy or facing our challenging moments. These wonderful people trust me to bring them an element of stress reduction, and compassion into their lives. So I provide each of my clients a session that is customized to their therapeutic needs/goals-body, mind and spirit. Recently adding my yoga teacher certification to this is just another element of how I can assist them in achieving their goals by adding movement to their well being. Read more>>

Nazzer O. Mendez | Husband, Damian’s father and a professional

Being a persistent person has helped me achieve my personal and professional goals in life. I have also learned to listen to people with solid backgrounds and consider them my mentors. A long time ago I received the advice “if you start a project, finish it, don’t leave it halfway” and I took it very seriously … Read more>>