There are so many factors that can play a role in determining our results, performance and ultimately our success, but some factors matter more than others. We asked folks what they felt was the most important factor driving their success.

Terry Guthrie | Founder of Guthrie Mainstream Services

As is the case in the majority of success stories there is not one thing, but rather an ability to manage many things efficiently, effectively, professionally and to juggle them all simultaneously. Knowledge, hard work, perseverance, leadership, quality employees, opportunity, and the genuine determination to provide the best service possible to each and every family we serve in an ever changing and evolving government regulated service industry. Nothing to it! Read more>>

Karli/Danielle Horner/Torrey | Owners

The most important factor behind the success of our brand would be our values and transparency with the parents. We strive for a positive safe environment with emphasis on community and parent involvement and I think that has played a huge role in our success. When parents are happy and know in their hearts that their children are being cared for in the best possible way, they tell their friends! Read more>>

Danielle Goldstein | Pediatric Dentist

I am a board-certified pediatric dentist at Affiliated Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics in Scottsdale, AZ. One of the biggest factors that has helped me succeed thus far has been the support from my wonderful staff and collaboration with my partners. The success of our practice has always relied on an exceptional patient experience. At Affiliated Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, every team member the patient interacts with will make them feel like they are part of our family. We strive for optimal customer service and go above and beyond to deliver the highest quality of care, including using state-of-the-art technology and materials. Although many kids come to their dental visits with apprehension, our goal is to always create a positive dental environment for a successful visit. Read more>>

Braden Biggs | City Councilmember – City of Apache Junction

For me, it is a different world than most. In politics on any level, our success is gauged differently and often is subjective depending on who you’re speaking to. I grew up in this world and knew that I always wanted to be a public servant. That being said, both in my professional career and my political career, I have adopted what is called a “Servant Leadership” management style. As an elected official, my first and foremost thought must be the people I represent. IE: My Constituents. I approach this thought from a few angles, the first is I am open, honest, and transparent with them and seek to educate them on what it is their City Council is doing, and in return, I hope that through discussions with them I can see how they feel about a particular subject matter that I may have to vote on. Read more>>

Dre Brown | Barbershop Owner / Entrepreneur

Consistency. I truly believe success is directly correlated to being consistent. When you really want something in life you have to consistently apply yourself to the best of your ability. You have to create a habit of being consistent. Good habits are not easy to create but like all habits they are hard to break. Read more>>

Steven Guistolise | Food Truck Owner

I have always wanted to have my own business and incorporate as many things that I love into a bundle so that I can truly enjoy what I do day in and day out. As many other entrepreneurs have done, I have started several other companies and brands that have come out on the losing end. It was unbelievably frustrating but when they would fail I would always take away the things that worked and the things that did not work. I noticed that brand identity is one of the biggest things you can do to create a successful business. Read more>>

Kelly Janke | HOTWORX Franchisee

I believe the most important factor behind my success/the success of the brand is educating the public on the limitless benefits of infrared therapy and the science/medical research behind it. The health benefits of regular infrared exposure in a controlled environment such as an infrared sauna is one of the best things a person can do for their body! It is one of the very rare things that is good for “everyone” and has “zero” downsides. Some of the amazing benefits are seen below: Read more>>

Dale James | Dale James aka “Zippy Riffs”, professional musician and student

The most important factor behind my success are the people I’ve had the good fortune to interact with musically over the past 7 years. These people include the entire staff at the School of Rock Scottsdale especially the music instructors who helped shape my passion for music. The community at Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Teen Center which provided me access to professional recording studio, open mic nights for performance and of course, Alice Cooper himself who I had the pleasure of performing live on stage with! Read more>>

Gabriel Gutierrez | Window Cleaner

Customer service has always been the backbone of our company. I often say that we are a Customer Service company that happens to clean windows. We are not just delivering a service. Our goal is to deliver an experience. We recognize that it is a privilege to enter into a client’s home and be allowed to work in rooms that they otherwise would not allow visitors to go. We want our customers to feel comfortable with our technicians, trusting that we will respect their privacy and property. We want them to feel that the money they spent was worth the investment in their home and that they would know without a doubt that they made the right choice in a window cleaning company. That motivation is what keeps our company going and continuing to grow as the years go by. Read more>>

Christina Haslett | Cannabis Industry Entrepreneur

The most important factor behind my success is my network. When launching a Business to Business company it can be extremely difficult to get off the ground. Before the launch of my business I years networking in the industry I wanted to be in. I not only gained the best support system and group of friends in doing so, but also my biggest source of leads. I could not be more thankful for the network I’ve built. My best advice for anyone looking to be successful in their industry is to network as much as possible! Read more>>

Josiane Nunes Andréa Oliveira | CEO | Sales Manager | Founding partners of Phoenix Películas

We have embraced a humanized selling strategy by treating our clients as individuals, not numbers. We try to listen to our clients necessities and to offer them not only the product that is going to accomplish their needs but the best product in the market. Also, we focus on each part of the sale process, always trying to keep our product, client service and delivery highest quality. Read more>>

Derek Deminsky | Golf Instructor, Owner and Operator of GolfBetterTucson

The most important factor for me is my PASSION and love for the sport of golf. I absolutely love this game and playing this game. So teaching others and helping them with this sport comes from my passion for it. There are a lot of people who teach golf as a job, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But for me, my overflowing passion for this game is what keeps me going and enjoying every day! Read more>>

Masha Welker | Charcutier

I am obsessed with it, from beginning to end. Everything about it excites me, I love food, I love art, I love creating, I love how it can make people so happy. I absolutely and deeply love this job. Read more>>

Anandya Alfiean | Owner of BREAKTHROUGHIDEA & Toko D’NAN, Content Creator, Business Owner & Visual Artist

My name is Anandya Alfiean. I was born in Solo, Indonesia. I grew up in a single-parent household since I was 8 years old. Grew up in a single-parent household is definitely build my passion for business and mental. Even before I was born, both of my parents already have their own businesses. After my father passed away, I tend to continue my father’s business. but besides that, I also build my own brand since I was 10 in the artistic field. While other children are playing, I build my business, practice my skills, make the best use of my time. I often feel insecure about my skill, about what other people think of me, about my childhood, but as time goes by, as I get older, I realize that what people say doesn’t matter, the important thing is that you try your best, people will praise you when you succeed. Read more>>