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.

Codi Lyons | Founder & Director of Partnerships for Prescott Days Magazine

Well, I truly enjoy getting to know fascinating people and my husband loves writing and photography. So, at the risk of sounding cliché, if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.  That being said, there is a ton of work that goes into publishing a digital magazine. The thing is, though, we really do enjoy the core of what both our jobs are, so we are able to work through the difficult times much more easily than otherwise. Read more>>

Amy Simon | Event Planner

The title on my business cards say Owner/Planner/ New Bestie. It was really important to me as I was building my brand and my business that I had a personal connection with my clients. Once we have built a strong relationship, it is so much easier to predict what they will like and what personal elements we can bring into their event. Often times event planners get a bad reputation for being “short fused” or “difficult to work with” so it has always been my goal to change that narrative. Read more>>

Ike Devji | Asset Protection Attorney for High Net Worth Individuals

Focus. I love seeing people succeed, so twenty years ago I made a conscious decision to concentrate my legal practice on Asset Protection and helping successful entrepreneurs, business owners and physicians like those in my family and the people I grew up around, protect what they built. This was initially limiting as there are many other areas of law that are more in demand by consumers and wider in scope in terms of qualified clients, but after being the “bad guy” on the litigation side of the law early in my career, I decided that I would be happiest and most effective protecting people and their hard earned success. Read more>>

Brian Reedy | Artist and Illustrator

The most important factor behind my success has been from being prolific and consistent. There are a lot of talented artists out there, and the best way to stand out is with a style that is unique or unusual. Using block prints as my medium gives my brand a specific look that is easily identifiable. I also believe that a strong work ethic is slightly more important than talent. Many outstanding artists have difficulty reaching levels of success due to a lack of moxie. Read more>>

Chad Schimmel | Pen Maker, Woodturner

Hard work and perseverance are the first two things that come to my mind when I think about this. I had multiple iterations of trying my hand at having my own brand and business that didn’t pan out all the way. If I had let that deter me I would not be where I am today. I have heard advice about failing and that the trick is to keep trying again until you find what works. I definitely have done that and continue to do so in my work now. Doing so helps me perfect techniques and processes, which allows me to have a product that is consistent in its value. Read more>>

David Bingham | Home Gym Equipment/Patio Swing Installer

What I have found in the 5 years I have been in business for myself is that I have to provide a service that has to benefit not only myself but the Contractor that hires me as well as the customer I am providing the services to. All three entities have to benefit/profit from my work. The recipe I try to stick by is no headaches for the people hiring me and top quality customer service for the customer. Also having to provide a service that is needed in a changing economy has to be a top priority. Read more>>