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.

Jackie Tran | food writer, photographer, soon-to-be chef

I believe the success of my brand is the result of how much I value authenticity — both authenticity of how much I care about my work, along with authenticity in how I present my work. If you’re happy in your work, you’ll perform better. And you’ll be happier when you perform better. Win-win all around. Read more>>

Christina DuVarney | Beautiful Disaster Clothing Founder & Owner

The most important factor behind Beautiful Disaster’s success is our service to others. We are more than a clothing brand. We are a community of like minded individuals who have been through hell and back, and support one another through all trials and tribulations in life. We exist for every women out there that feels abandoned, or feels like they don’t fit in, or feels like they don’t have anybody to love them. We welcome them into the Beautiful Disaster Tribe with open arms. Read more>>

Dewzy | Recording artist / recording engineer

The most important factor behind my success and success of my brand is hard work and planning Read more>>

Mikayla Roux | Modern Calligraphy Artist & Graphic Designer

The most important factors behind my success and the success of my brand, M Designs by Mikayla, would be characterized by my purpose and passions in life. M Designs by Mikayla exists to produce modern calligraphy for weddings and events, create stickers, as well as make digital art. What started out as my high school hobby has grown to become one of my greatest passions! Now, as a college student at Northern Arizona University, I consider myself blessed to have a job that allows me to do what I love: make art. Read more>>

Gabrielle Montano | Realtor-Real Estate Consultant

I realized and reflected on the experience I already had in banking/finance, title and mortgage lending for the previous 20 years plus and naturally gravitated towards Real Estate. It would provide the freedom of flexibility for my children as well as provide growth possibilities within the same career. I’m able to do something that gives me purpose while providing for my family. Read more>>

Charles Jeans | The Tattooed Home Inspector

I’m willing to work harder than my competition. Things other inspectors aren’t willing to, or cant do, I have found a way to do, or made it a point to do it. I had to figure out a way to set myself apart from all the other inspectors in the valley. That’s not a knock on other inspectors at all. I found a need, and fulfilled it. Read more>>

Steven James Alesna | Physiotherapist

The most important factor for my success is resiliency and sticking with daily routines and habits. There are days that makes you want to quit as it get overwhelming (starting by your own) but showing up and doing what you need to do has it’s rewards. I can relate this with two wisdom I had from my friend and a coach in our gym. Read more>>

Natalie Holloway | Content Creator & Multimedia Artist

I have always firmly believed that true success stems from passion. A lot can be achieved in one’s work through staples like time management and consistency. However, I find if you are truly passionate about the work you are doing the results will be exponentially greater. This is what I attribute all of my success in life to; finding what I am good at, as well as what I am passionate about. Where those two lines meet is where I have chosen to invest my time and ultimately what brings me success, in its many forms. Read more>>