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.

Nick Tortajada | Visual Creator

I do everything with a purpose to find purpose, both in life and in my career. I align myself with brands and projects whose values and ethos match my own. We each set our own metrics in deciding what feels like success, and for me it is knowing that I am surrounded by good intents, great people, creative challenges and fresh morals. By sticking to my values, I feel as though a genuine message can be read or felt through the work that I produce. I have always sought out projects and people that will push my boundaries, and do so in a supporting way that allows me to grow. Read more>>

Birgit Walker | Dog Behavior Specialist

The most important factor for us is to always keep an open mind and to approach each dog and their owner with a completely open mindset. We strongly believe that every dog is different, and we therefore wish to offer a training approach that is uniquely customized to help the dog become a well-behaved, balanced pet. Our training approach is therefore never based on a technique or method, but rather combines the relevant parts of such methods to fit the individual dog, based on the temperament and disposition of the animal. We also place huge emphasis on teaching the owners. Any trainer can get quick results from the animal, because dogs eagerly learn and adjust. It’s by teaching the pet owner more effectively communicate with their dog, that lasting results are possible. Read more>>

Sharon Skinner | Author & Book Coach

The most important factor behind my success and the success of my brand is that I sincerely love helping other writers improve their work and their craft. I want to not only support my clients in accomplishing their goals of writing the stories they are passionate about, but to help position them for success in the ultra-competitive field of publishing. When I say, I offer book coaching and editing with honesty and heart, I mean it, and I do my level best to show up and do that every single day with every single client. Read more>>

Aaron Schofield | Luana’s Coffee & Beer Owner

Very early on into my venture I made the decision to be as transparent with my instagram followers as possible. No matter the outcome of my days whether they were failures or successes I felt it was important to let everyone connect to the luanas story. Doing so I built a safe place for myself and others to share their own entrepreneurial experiences, laugh at my screw ups, ask questions, or simply congratulate me on a successful day. With all that my brand naturally meant more to my customers and supporters. People love a good story, especially one they were there for. Read more>>