We asked rising stars from the community one of our favorite questions: other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?

Colby Giles | Doctor of Chiropractic

This is an easy one. Hands down marrying my wife, Laura. She is absolutely the most amazing human I’ve ever known. Together we have celebrated each other’s victories, supported each other during challenges, and planned endlessly. I have found strength in her more times than I can count. And together we have a beautiful, smart, funny, strong, and kind daughter. Having those two in my life has brought so much happiness inside and outside of my career. Read more>>

Paige Weber | Illustrator & Fine Artist

The one decision that pivoted my life and career was the decision to go back to college at age 26. At that point I had a career in accounting. I didn’t necessarily need to go back to school. However, when I made a job change at the time, I had to start all over – at the bottom. I wanted to be able to make choices for myself and felt a college degree was what I needed to do that. I also didn’t want to spend 20 years in accounting; I wanted to be an artist. Even though I was scared, questioned my abilities, even my intelligence, I enrolled in school. It brought me many opportunities, but more importantly, it gave me confidence and grit. Read more>>

Karin Fellman | Yoga Teacher & Founder of Blue Buddha Collective

To always follow my inner guidance. Read more>>

Carlotta Jones | Chandler

The most important decision I have made throughout this process has been believing in myself. I have always struggled with self worth or feeling as if I have never been enough. I knew that if was truly going to start a business and have it be successful I could not have those thoughts. The months leading up to launching my business I did a lot of soul searching to remove those negative thoughts. Believing in myself has opened so many doors not only in my business but also in my personal life. I am honestly disappointed in myself that it took me this long to believe in myself. Read more>>

Lizzie Ens | Online Health & Fitness Coach

The single most important decision I have ever made that has lead me to my success is investing in myself and my business. I hired a business coach right as I started my business to get myself up off the ground because I knew there were a lot of things I needed do to run a successful business yet didn’t know how. My first coach that I hired helped me get a lot of logistics down and lay the ground work for my business. My first coach I invested in my business. Four months later I invested in myself in another business coaching program. Although this was another business coaching program, the reason I say I invested in myself is because it transformed me as a person both professionally and personally, which transformed my business into a growing 6 figure business. Read more>>

Krista Barker | Co-Owner & Artistic Director

The single most important decision that led to the branding and success of AMP was realizing I needed to be the change I wanted to see in the industry. I wanted to make it more than just a competition and a bottom line. As a teacher and choreographer myself, I’ve had students reach out to me feeling defeated. Competitions are so often only about “who’s beating who” and “who is the best” that young students often lose their love for dance. They get caught up in winning the “trophy” that they forget why they dance in the first place. I wanted to find a way for these dancers to uplift one another and use artistry to give back to the community. Once I discovered a way to incorporate competitive elements with the ability to still lift each other up and give to the community, that has been the single most important contribution to my success. Read more>>