Through our work we have been constantly amazed at the incredible things people in every neighborhood are working on. What’s even more exciting is that they all have different stories, backgrounds, strengths and weaknesses. That there isn’t a single formula for success means that everyone can take their unique set of strengths and characteristics and turn it into a success story. We recently reached out to some folks we admire and asked them what characteristics they feel are responsible for their success.

Matt Pelishek | Program Director at 88.3 Life FM & co-host of The Afternoon Joy Ride (with Aaron Perlman)

In any broadcast industry that is personality driven, I often see either a corporate standard that puts that personality in a box, or people who feel they have to be someone different than who they are to somehow appeal to others more. I think some of the success we’ve seen is from simply being uniquely us. Read more>>

Ines Silva | Fashion Designer – 100% Handmade without machines

At ISART DESIGN we always think that the key to success is to love what we do. Love and persistence are very important ingredients for the evolution of a business. Brands are stories and not just brands, stories of people who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Read more>>

Eric Rosenwald | commercial drone pilot, photographer, videojournalist

A willingness to fail and look silly. All of the success I’ve achieved with my business started with a desire to reach further than I could grasp. That inevitably results in failure, which is a difficult thing for anyone to accept.  Read more>>

Katie Dufort | Owner of Puzzle Rides

Practice, practice, practice! In a prior career, I spent over a decade as a sales person and sales trainer. I learned to give “presentations for profits” – remembering that every part of an experience can enhance the enjoyment. Read more>>

Christy Lee | Physical Therapist & Fitness/Wellness Coach

People. Can’t have a successful business without people to buy a product right? All jokes aside, the most important factor behind my success is trust.
I am a Physical Therapist & Wellness/Fitness Coach. When people come to me, they bring not only their injury and/or their goals, they bring a story to share. People desire to be heard. To be seen. To be cared for. Read more>>

Tylene Nichols | Centre Stage Dance Studio CEO

The most important factory behind the success of my brand is something that is tossed around a lot in the business world: it is my ‘Why’. When making decisions for my dance studio, I have to reflect on my ‘Why’. This is how I am able to create the environmet that I desire for my dancers. Read more>>

Jimmy Herrera | Co-Owner of Red, White & Brew

The three pillars that I always attribute success to are a thriving culture, people, and performance-driven recognition. Without these three things, I think an organization is doing a disservice to its overall success. Read more>>

Kayla Smith | Dog Trainer

People can tell how much I love their dogs and how passionate I am about what I do. I get excited about seeing a dog overcome challenges and grow in confidence and I also love helping the bond between a dog and owner grow. Read more>>

Brittanee Troncoso | PAWfect Pet Treats Owner

In my treats I use all natural and as organic as I can get ingredients to ensure your pets are getting the most nutritional value out of their treats. When making my treats, I pour my heart and soul into them. It makes me so happy to see how much pets love my treats. I started making treats for my spoiled dog, who has a severe corn allergy. It is very difficult to find treats, or even food without any corn or corn byproducts in them. Read more>>

Jackie Tinsley | Healthcare Worker & Comedian

Authenticity, I am the realest, truest, version of myself when I am on stage. People can tell when you are faking the funk so I think being authentic can get you far in comedy. Read more>>

Steph Clark | stand-up comedian and creator of Funny Girl Events

Simply, trusting myself and going with my gut. My ongoing goal as a stand-up and comedy producer is to create high quality shows with the purpose of bringing people together. Read more>>

Michalina Scorzelli | Actor/Producer/Director

The most important factor in the progress I have made in the entertainment industry is to not place limitations on how I view where I fit. The world does enough of that for us. What do I mean? I am a women over 40.. I am not a stick figure.. I do not live in L.A, Atlanta or NY.C.. Read more>>