There’s a ton of research around how setting habits can help us conserve energy because it reduces the number of decisions we have to make in a day. However, not all habits are created equal and so we’ve asked our community to tell us about the habits they have been most effective for them.

Ricardo Quintero | Photographer

1. I could definitely say that it is the energy. The energy that you put into an image is what connects with the viewer, beyond the pose, aesthetics, technique, or any other additive that an image may have, if it doesn’t have the right energy it doesn’t communicate and if an image doesn’t communicate or make the viewer feel something it doesn’t work. The image always has to communicate, if the spectator does not feel moved in some way by what he is seeing, he simply forgets it. Read more>>

Alan Steinberg | President/CEO – West Houston Association

Collaboration! I have always been the type of person who seeks to network others together. I enjoy solving problems, and find that one of the most successful ways to do that is by bringing people together so that they can build off of each other’s strengths. Everyone has something they can bring to the table when it comes to getting things done. Read more>>

Kellie Thomas | Kellie Thomas of Camps by KT

The success behind my brand has been PERSISTENCE. No matter the circumstance, I have always pushed forward. There was a time when I hosted a youth camp with only three campers! My mindset was that if I give up now because of a small group, and no-profit that I will never have the opportunity to grow, with-profit. I have several other reasons of my success! My mother; Angela Pope is a Speech Therapist, she offers Public Speaking to my camps, and also would help me with my weekly camps when I had no one else to fulfil a camp counselor role! Read more>>

Daven Gates | Soldier/Home Cook/Content Creator

The most important factor behind the success of my brand has to be consistency. Everything I do in life that has been fruitful has been a result of me being consistent. I decided last year that I wanted to venture into creating food content. I had no guidance and no blueprint, I just knew that as long as I pushed out good content consistently, eventually people would begin to be drawn to it. Most of the time in the beginning, my videos would flop and not do well but I didn’t let it discourage me. Read more>>

Kasey Yadav | Professional Pet Sitter & Owner of Pluto Pet Sitting Services

The simplest answer to this question is my freedom to present my most authentic self to my clients and my ability to conduct my business in harmony with my core values and personal beliefs: ACCOUNTABILITY, INTEGRITY, SERVICE, RESPECT, AND COMPASSION. By nurturing strong personal relationships with clients, they can sense my genuine love for their pets, my passion for giving them the very best care, and my dedication to them and their furry family members. I think these attributes make pet parents feel comfortable and confident in my ability and services, which is key! Read more>>

Collin Edwards | Professional Licensed Fishing Guide

Assuring the customer has a fin and memorable experience that makes them come back. I cater to many different types of groups, family outings, friend gatherings, business team building events, friendly fishing competitions. Dedication and hard work has been a huge contributor, Read more>>

Faith-Jamese’ Ferguson | Touched By the Hands of Faith CEO

The most important factor behind my success and the success of my brand is: consistency, planning and being able to adapt to my environment. Every decision I make I think about all of the possible outcomes of that decision and how it can effect my life. A lot of individuals just live in the moment but that very moment could cost you your life if a poor decision is made. Read more>>

Lauren Belter | Salon Owner & Color Specialist

Customer service and clarity hands down. Thorough consultations, especially for new clients is an absolute must. If there was any miscommunication on my end, it becomes my responsibility to own that. The more thorough the consultation is, the better the result and the client knows what to expect (or not expect) up front. As far as customer service goes, I always want my clients to feel like my focus is 100% on them, and they always leave feeling better than when they came in. Read more>>

Lena Le | Founder & Executive Chef at Lena’s Asian Kitchen

As a private chef, my food has to taste good to get my clients to come back for more. Beside that, I have to stress about the customer service which is helping our clients planning for their event, consulting them on the menus and entertainment options, calculating prices that fit their budgets, accommodating any food allergies and/or dietary restrictions they have, also be prepared for the change of schedules or venue which might come with or without a proper kitchen, etc… Read more>>

Amanda Thomas | Owner/Bartender/Event Coordinator

I put in the work. You don’t make money sleeping. I’m a bit of a workaholic. I’m constantly thinking about the next step and how I can “one-up” myself. I strive to be everyone’s go-to. That’s what I want to be known for, the company/person everyone in the industry can rely on. That’s what has made us so successful so far. Read more>>

Jeremy Dotson | Owner & designer

The most important factor to the success of my brand would be its uniqueness. Runway Ports Furniture offers a completely new way of visualizing Cannabis utensils and furniture. We focus on pushing the limits of the normal everyday pieces you would see or buy. Read more>>