Most people say they want success, but when you ask them what success means you get wildly different responses. We recently asked some of the best and brightest in our community to tell us about how they define success and have shared their responses below.

Jenni Johnson | Director, Writer

I don’t anymore. As much as I’d like to define success as a term of achievement, I just really do not believe in it. The further I go the more I see that success is built on all circumstances. Winning and losing is conceptual. To me its all about coming to terms that every experience and project has opportunities for learning and growth. Read more>>

Jen Symes | Fine Art Wedding Photographer

To me success is reflected in my client’s experience. I strive to offer an elevated experience to each couple in which they feel that they are my one and only client. When I first started my business, I learned a very important truth about photography and it had nothing to do with technical aspects. I learned that no matter how perfectly executed an image may be, if the client did not enjoy the experience they would not like the image. I began then and there to provide each couple who trust me with capturing their most meaningful moments to ensure that their experience was of utmost priority along with the technical aspect of delivering a heart-stirring, beautiful gallery. Read more>>

Kimberly Willis | Corporate Event Strategist/Spreadsheet Lover/Business Partner/Lucky Wife/Happy Mom

Feeling gratitude and peace in who I am professionally and personally. I am guided by simple principles; work hard, be thankful for the opportunity and respect encounters. Growing up, education was critical in our household. My parents didn’t finish college due to the Vietnam War. When I was old enough to get a job, I was permitted to work as long as I maintained honor roll. At the age of 16, I worked 3 jobs, remained at the top of my class and was on my way to earning a scholarship to college. This segment of my life leads to being thankful for not only financial assistance but to earn a degree. However, I did work hard to get there. The part about respecting encounters, it spreads goodness. No matter who a person may appear to be or who you know they are, treat them equally. Read more>>

Brandon Callies | Musician & Visual Artist

I think happiness is the best measure of success. For some folks, happiness stems from financial security or monetary abundance. For others, it’s just doing what you love. If you can lay your head down every night with a satisfied mind, I think you’re successful. Read more>>