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.

Andie McLamore | Owner of Peppermint Brows

I have remained true to myself and who I am as a person. I want to support women and their personal journey with semi permanent modifications to add or create something they are missing. My desire for my business is to be able to meet all my client’s needs regardless of age with quality, long lasting retention. I work on brows, lips, and will soon be adding medical tattooing of areoles for women who have had loss during their cancer journey. I am also certified to remove previous work done by other artists that ended up less than flattering on their face. Working one on one with women and truly listening to their wants and needs allows me to help them find the look they desire. Read more>>

Julie Wilson | Paint Party Artist/Entertainer & Paint Party Business Consultant

There are many factors behind the success of my business. A few are taking action, work hard, with love, and building connection!. Read more>>

Dawn Young | Children’s Book Author

The most important factor behind my success has been perseverance. Getting published has taken and continues to take more patience and persistence than I ever thought I had. This industry is filled with nos. Rejections are inevitable and frequent. In the beginning, without an agent, I tried to submit on my own. The rejections, sometimes personalized with positive feedback, but most times a form letter, poured in. The first few rejection letters made me cry. The next few made me angry. But after a while, I learned to accept the rejections, glean what I could from them, put them behind me and move on. Looking back, I can say that the rejections I received were actually a blessing. As much as I dreaded them and resented them, they made me work harder, think deeper and get more ingenious. If I had received a contract early on, I may not have pushed myself to grow, learn and improve as much as I did. Read more>>

Ian Stupar | Human Being

Our employees. Our people are the lifeblood of The Royal Room. They’re the ones who set the tone and maintain the standards. Without them we’d have nothing. Read more>>

Natasha Allen | Natasha NaShea | Fitness, Nutrition, & Lifestyle Coach

It’s no secret that the best workers are workers who think like the owner. Imagine the difference between an assistant who just completes the tasks at hand, and an owner who is constantly asking herself, “What’s next? What can I do better? What’s coming down the pipes? How can I turn this corner to get more value?” The moment I adopted the attitude and practices of a successful business owner, I experienced more happiness and success in my business. I eliminated the 9 to 5, employee mentality and decided that I wanted my life and business to be like a Jack-in-the-box that’s so full of excitement that it literally can’t be contained! Here are the 5 most important factors behind my success: Step 1: Always Ask Why Not Most people ask, “Why?” Well, I ask myself, “Why not?” For instance, when I decided to run a half marathon, I didn’t think, “Why me? Can I really do it?” I thought. Read more>>

Heidi Horchler | Contemporary Colorful Abstract Art

Connection is my driving force. My favorite thing is to see someone stop in front of one of my paintings and take a moment to stare. They might ask me a few questions like “Watercolor, right?” or “How did you come up with this idea?” Some of my favorite comments are in the realm of interpretation: “It reminds me of a Lava Lamp,” or “I see two people standing next to a hill.” I LOVE finding out what people see in their minds as they look at my work. But the main thing is that something about that piece made them stop. They stopped, took a closer look, and pondered. I have a note from one of my earliest art courses that says: “There are 3 stages of seeing: Sensation, Perception, and Cognition. Once the viewer comes to a conclusion, they walk away. If you can suspend cognition, you prolong this moment.” (Robert You) Now, while I don’t always have this exact intention in the forefront of my art making process. Read more>>