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

Tanner Trujillo | Cosmetologist, CrossFit Trainer and Life Coach

Habits are absolutely integral to success. One of my favorite habits promoting achievement is finding the ability to create and trust a healthy mental platform. Maintaining a stable headspace while making a decision has certainly increased and aided any type of success I’ve experienced. Emotions are fleeting and generally untrustworthy, yet people make choices based solely on feelings almost every time. There is a reason it’s been said not to make a decision when you are caught up in feelings – whether elated or miserable – because the follow-through is usually lacking when all is said and done. Having the wits about me to emotionally back up from any situation, take an unbiased look around from the outside, then imagining a customized plan based on sound information, is a crucial way I’ve learned to trust my choices over time. It has required more effort and work up front, let’s be real, but the payoff is genuinely unmatched. Read more>>

Kristin Simmons | Visual Artist

A habit that helped me succeed is saying “yes” 95% of the time to attending events, participating in new opportunities, and, most importantly, meeting new people. Even if it pushes you out of your comfort zone or you don’t see a direct correlation to your business, there is always the opportunity to learn or meet someone new. For me, it was always my weakest connection that brought the most growth and success to my business. My best advice would be to stay open to meeting new people and experiencing any new opportunities that might come your way. Read more>>

Brenda Tosso, CTA | Luxury Travel Advisor

My availability and responsiveness to my clients has absolutely been the cornerstone to my success. In a world of instant gratification and google, it is expected; however, not always received. I also have an investigative mind, this coupled with my good listening skills is what is imperative to designing a customized itinerary based on my clients travel dreams. Read more>>