There are so many factors that can play a role in determining our results, performance and ultimately our success, but some factors matter more than others. We asked folks what they felt was the most important factor driving their success.

Christina Hutchens | Family Photographer

I have always heard the phrase, “Love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life.” This is 1000% true with my business. It is so much easier to be successful when you love what you do. I still have to pinch myself sometimes that I get to be silly with kids, make people feel good about themselves, have an outlet for my creativity AND get paid for it. It feels like I’m living the dream! I think once you find what your passionate about, it’s so much easier to find success. Read more>>

Macy Muzljakovich | Photographer

Consistency. I have found that no matter what, if I consistently post on social media, consistently update my website, and can maintain a consistent experience for my clients, it will keep everyone coming back for more. I would say that 90% of my clients are repeat clients because they know exactly what they’re going to get from me. Read more>>

Tavo Tha Trill | Recording Artist

The most important factor behind my success is undoubtedly my perseverance. No matter the challenge or obstacle, I find a way! Most people quit when times get tough and usually that’s when they’re about to make a breakthrough. There’s an old saying that holds true; “If it was easy, everybody would do it.” If you want something bad enough, you can’t let anything stop you from getting it! Read more>>

Ashley Johnson | Personal Trainer

The most important factor behind the success of my brand is that I’m able to be myself. Be U Fitness is all about being the best version of yourself. I’m encouraging women to look past the images they see on social media. Being healthy comes in so many different shapes and sizes. I understand where women are coming from and where they are going because I lived through it myself. Read more>>

Phoenix Taylor | Co-Owner

FEVERMATIC STUDIOS has seen a bunch of early success that very few businesses ever see in their first 2 years in business. The secret in our sauce is equal amounts of CONSISTENCY and QUALITY. When we started out our partners/managers looked way different than it looks right now. We thought we had built the perfect team but some members of our team were constantly more interested in saving money than they were building sets that took your breath away. Read more>>

Tessa Breeden | Online Fitness & Nutrition Coach

The most important factor behind the success of my brand is my passion. It’s very cliché to say that if you do what you love, that you won’t work a day, but this business has shown me that it’s absolutely possible to create that reality for yourself! My goal is to help people and I knew that I didn’t want to go back to school to become a nurse or to get into the medical field. When I started coaching clients, my goal was to create an impact more than anything else. I’ve lead with my heart in a lot of my decision making and it’s opened my eyes to so many possibilities. Read more>>

Kevin Reyes | Co-Owner

I would say that the most important factor behind our success is that we never
sacrifice our quality or service for any client, no matter how big or small the job. We want to be around 50 years from now, so everything we do is about building a brand that people can count on. Read more>>

Cassie Chantel | CEO/Creative Director/Entertainer

I believe the most important factor behind the success of my brand is that I have always done things that feel true to who I am as a person. When you do things that feel natural to you, you promote those things effortlessly. People can also recognize passion. The genuine love I have for what I am doing attracts and motivates my consumers. Read more>>

Angelica (Anjee) Nelson | Event planner/coordinator, event decorator, interior stylist

Be you! Never alter your talent for anyone. If you alter your talent then your brand and who you are becomes watered done, Always find ways to perfect your craft and better the face value of your company. Don’t be afraid to take risk and its ok to receive a “no” or “closed doors” just look at it as a learning lesson. Figure out what your target client is and don’t back down from what you have set for yourself, everyone is not for your brand and every person that may inquire about your business may not be a potential client, and its ok. Read more>>

Brandy Trotter | Owner and Manager of BLU Medspa

The most important factor behind the success of BLU Medspa has been the quality of our staff. We know that the people we train and invest in, will ultimately be the reason that our clients will return again and again. We take the time to inform, educate and listen to our clients. We know that they are investing in themselves and that we want to make sure they understand what it will take to reach their aesthetic goals. Very rarely is a procedure a “one and done” and so we want to help set realistic expectations as well. Read more>>

Bernard Phillip | Mortician

I believe strongly the Most Important factor of my success is the ability to be Crisp, Dignified and Professional always. This has become a Brand of now Service Beyond Expectation. Read more>>

Justin Franklin | Producer/DJ

The most important factor would be always being in the eye of the public/media. I’ve always had the thought process of being in the public eye enough to where people start looking into me and my music. I’m always either posting on social media about my music or physically being out in public and talking to people. Keeping me in their minds has always been a great tactic for me. Read more>>

Alexiyah Janaé | Lifestyle model & content creator

The most important factor behind my success and the success of my brand that I’m building is to continue to be authentic and purpose driven. Anything I do has to have purpose as well as substance. I want my brand to represent the best version of myself as I share pieces of my story through photography. I strive to stay ahead of the curve and to incorporate the ever evolving beauty and fashion world while standing firm my authenticity. Read more>>