We have the good fortune of connecting with so many bright, accomplished folks from a variety of industries and we often ask them to tell us what they feel has been the most important factor behind their success. We’ve shared some highlights below.

Francisco Diaz | Creative Sewist

Consistency. Showing up and doing the work, even when it’s hard or you feel like nobody is watching or the task feels insignificant. Showing up every-time to do the work is something I will never regret. Read more>>

Jessica Pate | Pilates Specialist & Owner of Calibrate Pilates LLC

I would say remaining authentically “me” has helped maintain the success of my brand. Since my business/brand is ME, I have always felt it was important to keep consistent with who I am, what I say, and what I offer. The moment I step away from that, it will show and affect my business. Although I’ve grown as a person in these 6+ years of my career, I try my hardest to make sure that I’m only changing factors that will benefit my clients and add to my success. Read more>>

Gabe Ceniceros | Mover/Shaker/Music Maker (Musician & Restauranteur)

Early on I listened to everyone’s wants for my life. When I took that road I was miserable. Wherever I landed at the time, college classes, random jobs etc. I had no interest in the “the job” or in the cubicle, I just knew it wasn’t for me. I didn’t know how to achieve more at that time but knew there had to be more than just wasting away in a cubicle. No one ever advises or pushes you to walk your own path so a lot of times you don’t have that motivation to do you and most of us follow that. Read more>>

Joseph Grice | Owner of Stovetopjoes

Despite a slow process getting started and to keep going no matter what. Anything you genuinely want bad enough is obtainable. Setting goals, and continuous preparation aswells as practice. Read more>>

Heather Locke | Owner of Hammersmith Support

The most important lesson I’ve learned in my business is to keep moving forward. You will make mistakes, but forgive yourself and move on. Treat yourself like you are your own supportive best friend. Read more>>

Carrie Morales | Creator of Live Accessible

I have been faced with the challenge of legal blindness for all my life. With stubborn determination, I have faced society’s stigma against those with disabilities and struggled with my own perception of insufficiency. Yet, that has never stopped me. With support, technology, and creative solutions, one can succeed and break through barriers. Over the years, I have learned and discovered the methods to help me on the road to success. Read more>>

Tiffany Nagy | Photographer

An important lesson I have learned while working for myself is that it takes work, serious work. Patience, strategy, discipline, Redirection, and even failure. I know those words will hit each person differently, sink differently…but starting your own business with no prior education, practice or experience is like remodeling a skyscraper and you have only lived in a house. Being young and bright-eyed, I dreamed of being my own boss. Imagining a world where I create it… Read more>>