We asked some of the city’s hidden gems to tell us about what they feel is the most important factor behind their success.

Laura Madden | Sustainable Fashion Advocate, Artist, Influencer

This is such a great question and one I am always working on. I do the hard things first. For one, I am a wicked morning person, so I know I need to follow the energy and play to my strengths; I am most focused and sharp early on. Also, it gives me confidence and fuels my fire to see things done or at least to know I gave something my all. Also, I have a burning desire to always do good and to help others in some way. I try to make sure I’ve done that- to have had a positive imprint on someone, somehow at least one time per day. Read more>>

Shannon Wilke | Special Education Advocate & Owner of The Shine Advocacy Group

I have a morning routine that sets me up with a plan for the day. As an entrepreneur, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. I like to journal, list my ideas & plan my agenda each morning with my coffee. Each day I list 3 things that I need to get done and then schedule them between meetings. Accomplishing these 3 things daily creates small steps that lead to big changes. Read more>>

Toni Corsaut | Owner and Lead Wedding Planner

Personally, routine is something that helped me. Developing a healthy and recharging morning routine always set me up well for the day. Even if everything else went wrong in the day at least I could still say, “Well, at least I made my bed and brushed my teeth today.” It seems so silly and simple but it really set me up so well for the day. I usually would wake up, grab some coffee for the day, read a bit, get ready for the day and then do something active. Then I’d go hop down in front of my computer and feel already accomplished by like 9am. Morning. Routines. Can’t say it enough!. Read more>>

George Strasburger | Artist

My favorite quality for my success is perseverance. Read more>>