There is a wealth of research that indicates that certain habits can help increase your productivity, creativity, and/or drive. So, we thought we’d reach out to respected members of our community and ask them what habits they feel helped them succeed.

Beau Cardwell | Photographer

Before even picking up a camera I knew I wanted to form routines that I could lean on before, during, and after a shoot. I was quickly able to figure out what does and doesn’t work and rectify on the spot. Something I really like doing is waiting for the model to show up before assembling the camera. I’ve found it allows just a couple of minutes time for introductions and to feel each other out. Read more>>

Dawn Photographer | Photographer + Creator

Casually taking photos, in middle school, (with my best friends camera) quickly turned into a passion once on the yearbook staff. Tasked with capturing 3 photos of each student from elementary to high school and all sporting events. This is also when I was introduced to photoshop, no lessons, it was all trial and error. I feel these all were keys factors in establishing the foundation for my business. Read more>>

Alexis Moore | Corporate Entrepreneur, CEO of TRUE

To be successful I definitely had to develop and maintain clear habits. I learned and am sharing in hopes of inspiring others too. Have a clear vision. As time passes it’ll be important to remember what was clearly set out from the beginning. In order to grow I had to authentically be myself and stay TRUE to my vision. Stay focused. There’ll be many distractions along the way. There’s a certain amount of self discipline that I had to have internally in order to stay on track with external factors potentially affecting my outcome. Read more>>

Hope Helms | Artist

1. Always be learning and cultivate a curious mind. Keep a growth mindset. 2. Show up and do the work. By that I mean, don’t just spend time learning about or dreaming of outcomes. Tie action to your learning. Actually show up and put in the hours–consistently. In showing up for your work for the sake of the process, you’ll silence the voices that tell you exactly how something must be done–honing your skill and creating a path forward. 3. Iterate. Every so often stop and ask yourself what’s working and what’s not. Then, apply what you learn and iterate on those ideas. 4. When you fail, dust yourself off, see point 3 and try again. Read more>>

Dr. Josh | Veterinarian

Success can be achieved in different ways. For me, I believe different habits led me to have a successful business. The foundation for my success, which may be more if a mindset, is being passionate about what I do. Since I was a little kid, I have always known I wanted to be a veterinarian because I love helping animals and their human families. A habit that I am very proud of is that I will always work very hard to achieve my goals. This does mean that many sacrifices will need to be made, but I believe success cannot be achieved without sacrifices. Read more>>

Shelby Thomas | Photographer

The habits I created and continue to practice are staying organized planning ahead and communicating thoroughly with clients. I strongly believe that these 3 habits have truly helped with the growth and success of my small business as it allows me to build a trusting relationship with my clients and deliver content that captures their vision. Read more>>