Through our work we have been constantly amazed at the incredible things people in every neighborhood are working on. What’s even more exciting is that they all have different stories, backgrounds, strengths and weaknesses. That there isn’t a single formula for success means that everyone can take their unique set of strengths and characteristics and turn it into a success story. We recently reached out to some folks we admire and asked them what characteristics they feel are responsible for their success

Nickquolette Barrett Barrett | aka The “Get Hired!” Strategist

The most important fact behind my success and brand is consistency. When I began building my business, I had no idea what I was doing. However, I did know I needed to do something. I began to consistently work on my business little by little. Some days, I only had 20-30 minutes and other days I had several hours. I made it a point to do something daily in my business even if it meant posting a quick tip or client testimonial to social media which takes only a few minutes. I focused on getting my brand seen as often as possible to build credibility that led to my success. Read more>>

Alysha Prince | Business Owner

The most important factor behind my brands success is definitely consistency. Consistency is very important when running a successful business. It shows how serious you really are about your work and your brand and your customers will notice. They definitely can tell when you put your all into your work and when you don’t. Read more>>

Jasmine Richardson | Blogger | Influencer | Content Creator

I would have never taken the plunge to start my brand. Then there’s what I think is the obvious my son who my brand is named after and the whole reason I even had the idea to create DeMarcusBSean. If it wasn’t for these two there would be no brand. My husband does so much behind-the-scenes stuff for me, he’s my photographer, my producer (perks of marrying a music producer) , my creative director, my model, and everything in between. I think him being an entrepreneur himself helps him to push me to give it my all. He really is someone I look up to because his drive and dedication is unmatched so I try to put the same effort that he puts into MarcDBeats into DeMarcusBSean. The family that we have built contributes so much to this brand and our kids DeMarcus & Ava really are the stars of the show. Read more>>

Kathryn Flores | Mission Moms Founder & Community Philanthropist

There are so many fabulous causes and ways to give back, but seeing the needs in our backyard was simply shocking — particularly when it came to families who could not provide meals for themselves and their children. Hunger is a gateway to significant obstacles in the lives of vulnerable children, and it’s a problem that is often overlooked and underserved. We know that the best way to take care of our heart is to surround ourselves with godly people and living in community doing good. The biggest success of Mission Moms is our people, meeting His people, on their own ground. This is our “lane” & allows us to maintain a healthy heart and prevent the cobwebs that apathy and neglect often create. We hope our missions will energize area residents, businesses, and organizations to begin reaching out to those who have met challenging circumstances and give them the kindness we have been fortunate and blessed enough to experience. Read more>>

Aubrey Knox | CEO of Wildfire Models

It’s hard to narrow down and pin point one factor behind my companies success, as it’s there’s so much that goes into it and it takes each piece being correct to have that flow! One of the biggest and most important factors of success in any Entrepreneur’s business is to be confident in what you are doing. Be confident that your company will excel and don’t stop until it does! Make moves every day to get to that end goal. Read more>>

Ronda Ray | Songwriter, Musician, Recording Artist

Consistency is key. I am the preacher of small, daily consistency efforts that add up to big results over time. Success lies in my daily routine. I’m really good at just grinding out the mundane tasks that aren’t very spectacular. That kind of preparation is what lays the ground work for the more spectacular opportunities. And, as a result of those daily habits, when the spectacular comes, there’s no chance of sabotage, because even the “bigger” opportunities find their own place and part in the daily routine. Read more>>

Molly Waxman | CEO/President of Mowax Visual

The single most important factor behind the success of Mowax Visual is the people that work at this company and the passion they have for what we do. When I launched Mowax in 2016, alongside my business partner, Shane Kupka, we decided that we wanted to create an atmosphere where the talent and expertise of the employees could take center stage. Every hire that we have made since our inception is based on the idea that we want to surround ourselves with people who are experts in their field or who have the drive and potential to thrive in this environment. We encourage every person who works for us to carve their own path at the company based on what they love to do and where their experience lies. Our company is one where growth potential is endless and dedication and work ethic unparalleled. When you love what you do, you truly start to get out what you put into your work each and every day. Our clients can feel this energy when they work with us. Read more>>

Ambika and Afolabi Kashi Varghese and Mosuro | Co-Founders & Creatives

The most important factor behind the success of CLIQUE has been our community. Not only are our family and friends extremely supportive of what we do, we treat each client we work with as a part of our community, our clique and word of mouth has been our biggest source of new business. Beyond that, with each new big project we take on, we try to think about how we can get our larger community engaged and involved, and how we can benefit them. Read more>>

Victoria Jones | Custom Decorated Sugar Cookie Artist

Many things have contributed to the success of my cookie business. For instance, I am determined. Determined to see things to fruition. Determined to learn as much as I can. Determined not to give up when things seem impossible. Determined to always do the best I can with the tools I have, I am also a lover of learning. When it comes to cookie decorating, I learn something new with each set I create. Along the way, I have also learned how to run my own business, juggle family life with a home based business, and manage my time with the cookie making process. I consider myself a perfectionist. Although I am in no way perfect, I strive to make the best tasting cookies first and foremost. Making beautiful cookies that taste amazing is my end goal. If I succeed in providing a little extra joy in the form of beautiful and yummy cookies at a special celebration, then I consider my art and business a success. Read more>>

Darlisa Diltz | Entrepreneur Educator

The most important factor behind my success is my faith. This has been the one thing I can rely on to get me from one stage in the process to another. There were/are several times where I wasn’t sure I was on the right path, my prayers and faith in God has kept me on the path. Read more>>

Meg Seals | Hair Stylist

The most important factor behind my success and brand is the time and money that I’ve invested in my education along the way. From coloring & cutting classes to business coaching programs, salon selection, suite design and everything in between; Investing in myself is hands down the reason behind my success thus far. It’s these investments that helped me to realize my potential as a hair artist while simultaneously giving me the confidence to keep growing both as a person and a hair stylist. There is no glass ceiling for those who continuously seek education and guidance in life, there is always something more to learn. Read more>>

Minerva Lynn Adame | Blogger (Faith & Disability Inclusion) & Nonprofit Leader

I would have to say that the number one secret to my success is God! Anything that I do whether that’s through my blog, nonprofit, or showing up for others in person or online – it is to bring Him honor and glory. I go to God before starting something and consult with Him through prayer throughout the process of working on projects. Read more>>

Kendra Nottingham | Cyclebar Instructor & Owner

Community and love for what Cyclebar offers. We are more than just a cycling class. We are an experience! For both mental and physical aspects. Our community strengthens and binds us and has kept both our team and riders going through this tough year. Read more>>

Jason Daniel | DJ / Actor

The most important factors behind my success In the success of my brand is 1 Hard work and Dedication. If you strive to be the best you have to get up early in the morning and work hard and stay late at night until it’s completed. You really have to stay committed, and know that building a brand takes time.No brand was formed over night. 2 Respect the art form and the people that are in it with you the because you never know who’s watching you. Business days of being perform as we speak and if you’re out here looking reckless on social media you could lose out on a lot of business deals. 3 Diversity is the key.Not every brand is created equal,so therefore research the brand that you want to provide to a consumer that doesn’t know they need it.Mine is diversity ,Being able to play all sorts of crowds and ages has taken my brand to the next level. Read more>>

Veya Salcido | Owner/General Manager

My family and I went through a life changing event in 2015. I knew I couldn’t make it financially with my current day job. Brainstorming, goals, dreams and a burning desire to success led us to venture into starting a moving company. We began to see how quickly DFW was growing by people from out of state moving to Texas. We saw many homes, apartments, and storages being build and Uhaul and Penske trucks constantly being rented. Me and my partner were up for the challenge so we began. At first I would get really weird stares because people were not expecting for a female and a male to be the crew to move the furniture in their home. But after a few minutes seeing how we handled their belongings with care and how outgoing we were, they could not help but love us. I have had several customers confess to me and say, ” Im not going to lie, but I was scared when I saw a woman mover at my front door.” But within minutes, that fear turned into respect and admiration. Read more>>

Courtney Gregory | Realtor

I would say the most important factor behind my success is having a big enough “why?”. If your “why?” is not big enough and the opportunity cost of not pursuing your “why?” is not painful enough, I believe you need to stretch more. It is my belief that we all have something that drives us, but you must tap into yourself to figure out what that is for you and only you. Read more>>

Sharifa Wahlstrom | Certified Personal Trainer & Camp Gladiator Franchisee

I am passionate about fitness and helping people and I think that shines through most of the time. I had multiple people tell me I would make a great personal trainer and that I should go for it. I always just laughed it off, thinking there was no way I could ever do that. Funny that a few years later, that is exactly what I ended up doing through Camp Gladiator!. Read more>>

Felicia Clanton | CEO and Founder of Fabulous Funeral Crownings

The most important factor behind my success and the success of our brand is our compassion for those who have lost a loved one. We understand what a family is going through when someone they love is no longer around. The difficulties are physical, emotional, mental, and even sometimes spiritual. Read more>>

Ejiroghene Ejayeriese Ejayeriese | Recording Artist & Talk Show Host

The most important factor would definitely be the discovery of my identity in Christ. It definitely is refreshing to receive a new revelation of who I am, what I have been called to do, and how to get there. It is extremely motivating and relieving to understand that I can never be defined by my past mistakes, flaws but by the creator of the universe. Knowing that I don’t need any other verification stamp other than that of my heavenly father to carry on with my mission saves the stress of overthinking and constantly questioning the effort I put Into my work. I am only just getting started and cannot wait to see what the future holds because God will get the glory through it all. As I stay submitted and committed, I remain elevated. Read more>>

Christopher Coffer Sr. | Natural Fragrance Oils & Hand-Poured Soy Wax Candles , Natural Fragrance Gift Shop

Everything starts with the Most High. Commitment and dedication is key. Believe in your vision. Staying motivated, Making sure you’re mentally head strong. As far as the brand goes, its my own way of life. It’s culture, teaching unity and giving others hope. Life can happen and you can still achieve your goals. Just keep pushing. ” why would i give up today and miss my chance of my break-through tomorrow?”. Read more>>

Chris Turman | CT Da Chef / Caterer

I feel like the most important factor following keep in God first is hard work, dedication, and embracing the process. Keeping God first has been an extreme benefit in the process of getting the business off the ground, and keeping it afloat, and even growing to new levels. The hard work and dedication has without a doubt been beneficial. It comes with many ups and downs, challenges, and hurdles, so you have to stay focused on your goals to achieve greatness. Embracing the process will test your character, and also will build character as well. We trust the process and thus far have been tremendously blessed. Read more>>

Jessica Reed | The Wine Lady

My success as an independent wine consultant is owed to a few different factors. First, is personality, it definately starts there for me. I’m very energetic & positive and love meeting new people- this is contagious and customers/potential customers gravitate towards me for that. Second is outstanding customer service. I make sure to relay my sales, giveaways, booking specials, holiday wines, etc. with customers every month. I’m also very observant of what my customers enjoy and their wine drinking habits, if a wine is almost sold out or wine racks are probably looking empty, I make sure to get everyone stocked up with their favorites, as well as introduce them to a new varietal or two as well. Read more>>