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

Clay rodriguez | Tattoo Artist

a lot of dedication and being focused on learning every day, I feel that these are very important factors in my career as an artist, I always challenge myself to see how far I can go, giving my best at all times. Read more>>

Rebecca Smith | Blogger, Travel Photographer & Corporate Accounting Consultant

Investing in myself and education has been the most important factor in my success. For a long long time I thought that I could figure everything out on my own, which turned into making a lot of wrong decisions for my business while spending valuable time doing so. Then I realized that as along as you have a passion for something, you can always learn how to do it. For a long time I hadn’t been pursuing education related to my passions, and that was the main shift in my success. Investing in yourself and your passions is the single most important thing you can do. Read more>>

Tia Tewari | Student & Entrepreneur

I think the most important thing when starting a business venture is being passionate about your work. I have been baking with both friends and family for as long as I can remember. Watching baking shows is something my family bonds over– we enjoy the stressful but creative atmosphere they bring and take inspiration from them. Read more>>