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.

Shelby Hollin | Fundraising Coordinator

In my opinion Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels has been as successful as it is, is due to our supporters. That includes our amazing donors but also the team members and volunteers of Amanda Hope. Having the right people in place is important to running a successful organization. On top of that we also lead this organization with a mission in mind, this mission is to provide financial and emotional support to our warriors and their families. I think a huge part of our success is due to the fact that we are all working towards that mission day in and day out. Read more>>

Miu The Muse | Multimedia Illustrator and Creative Volcano

It’s to allow the process of time to be and have (and sometimes re-examine) my own definitions of success. Like that, I keep on striving for goals that are aligned with my vision rather than get lost in ideas that don’t belong to my truest desires or intent. Read more>>

Kelly Vaughn | Senior Editor and Books Editor, Arizona Highways Magazine | Adjunct Faculty, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University

Personally, I’m not sure I can identify a single factor behind my success, but I think that it boils down to a few things: First, I grew up in a loving family that always encouraged me to pursue my interests, hobbies and passions. Those often revolved around writing. Second, I had tremendous teachers and professors who uplifted my work and offered creative feedback. Third, my editors have always believed in me. Finally, I know have a beautiful family of my own. My fiancé, Christian, and my children, Jack and Vera, give me the time and space and energy to create. Read more>>

Chef Michelle Daniels | Chef Owner All About Food Kitchen

The most important factor in my success and the success of my brand this far, has been my support system. My friends, family, American Legion Post 65 family, community at large and most importantly the guests/customers that tell others about All About Food. When you have others that believe in what you do as much as you do, it is a blessing and a gift. A gift that you treat with respect and gratitude. Never taking for granted. Iam grateful for each and every person that has supported All About Food Read more>>

Clint Floyd | Sports Performance Coach & Trainer

The most important factor behind my success is my drive to Never Settle, Never Give Up and Never Quit. That is my mentality in everything I do in life. Most importantly I have a passion for youth, sports and education. It plays a monumental part in my success. I care more about developing young men and women into great human beings before great athletes. I love training athletes and building relationships with players, coaches, parents and sport teams in the East and West valley communities. These relationship help the success of my brand as we grow our clientele through trust, honesty and commitment. This also has allowed my brand and myself to travel overseas to Europe and Japan where I could instill my knowledge and coach youth athletes around the world just not in Arizona. Read more>>

The AZ Hikeaholics | Weekend Warriors & Hiking Enthusiasts

We started The AZ Hikeaholics after Lauren lost her job in March of 2020. We loved to hike, but started to hike more and more on the weekends. We decided to create the account to share our hikes, recommendations, and to encourage more people to get outside. The outdoors can be an intimidating place, especially for first timers. We hope to be a resource for everyone and anybody. And just as important, we want to educate people on Leave No Trace principles and the importance of being a good outdoor steward. The most important factor behind our success is how authentic we are. We don’t just share a photo with no context behind it. We educate, encourage, and hopefully inspire people. We are also realistic with our followers. We both work 8-5 jobs during the week and explore on the weekends, use PTO, or when we have a holiday. We also don’t try to sugarcoat the outdoors because sometimes it can be rough! Read more>>

Jenna DiGiuseppi | Reiki Master Teacher & Sound Healing Practitioner

The most important factor to me is Connection. It is the connection I create with each one of the clients that come to see me. It does not matter how pretty my office is or how appealing my social media is. It is about the sacred space I provide each person who walks in the door, so that they may be vulnerable and they can heal. My motto is to work with compassion, understanding and grace. To meet my client exactly where they are at in that moment, whether they are just beginning their healing journey or are deep into their work.
If there were not mutual connections made between myself and my clients, I would not be business today. Read more>>

Andy Canchola | Actor/ YouTuber

The most important factor that I have behind my success is all the support I have. Being from a small town like Yuma you don’t hear many people wanting to be an actor or making YouTube videos. Thankfully my parents my brother and my now wife have always supported me by pushing me to audition for different things and actually acting in some of my short skits for YouTube. I feel like having them behind me and pushing me to be better has a huge factor of my success. Read more>>

Diana Ford | Director of Luxury Goods and Gatherings at The Vault Luxury Resale

I think success is different for different people. I consider myself very successful and to me this means I get to do something I love with people that I love and admire. I am challenged in my position and see a lot of growth potential both in my business as well as the whole resale industry. I contribute my success to my mother who started our business 25 years ago with no preconceived notion of what resale had to be. Her vision was to sell used clothing in a boutique that looked like Saks Fifth Avenue. Read more>>

Janeen Kokodynski | Owner & Founder – Koko’s Candles

The story of our brand and telling that story. Read more>>

Kelly Ali | Hairdresser & Master Colorist

The most important factor to my career is extensive education. I am always taking extra courses outside of the salon to improve my craft even further to ensure I am giving my clients the absolute best and most up to date in hair fashion. You can always learn something new, even if its a course you have taken before, to refresh your skill and have a better perspective on hair. This is an industry that is constantly evolving so it’s crucial that you are keeping up. My goal one day is to become an educator myself and to help others in the beauty industry to expand their skill set and knowledge. There is truly nothing better than filling your notebook with new color formulas or head sheets and growing excited to introduce these new ideas to your clients! Read more>>