Most people say they want success, but when you ask them what success means you get wildly different responses. We recently asked some of the best and brightest in our community to tell us about how they define success and have shared their responses below.

Heidi Gregory-Judd | Small Business Owner

1. My brother and I started the company together in 2018. There were several thought processes behind it: a. We wanted to do something together, as a family.
b. I had been a stay-at-home mom for years but now my children were older I wanted to do something that would allow me the flexibility of working, alongside running my home and family of five. c. My brother needed to become financially independent and wanted to leave the Restaurant Industry, which he was currently working in. Read more>>

Kimberly Meche | Lifestyle Photographer

Defining success is all relative and subjective. Success will look different from one person to another. For me, success is doing what you love and making your clients happy. It’s easy to compare yourself to other people within your industry through social media and to get caught up in the glamour of number of followers and model calls. However, we have to remember why we started doing what we love in the first place. I enjoy getting to know and work with my clients and deliver photos that they will be able to hold on to for years to come and relive those special moments. Read more>>

Sammy Pham | Fitness Trainer

By making an impact on what you do that drives you to your passion but importantly making an impact on others around you. It keeps you going. If you could impact just person or anybody that is good enough for me because it can cause an ripple affect to others and so fourth. Read more>>

Micah Edwards | Texas Soul Artist

In many ways, I love streaming. I love Spotify – it has introduced me to so much music that I don’t know how I would’ve discovered otherwise. This era of streaming has introduced my own music to listeners all across the world – and for that, I am so thankful. But I’ve personally seen independent artists (including myself) get all caught up in chasing the streams. At the beginning of my recording career, I would measure a song’s success based on how well it was streamed. I chased the impressions. I chased the follower count. I chased the views – the shares – the likes – the sales. That ultimately stole the joy out of the process, because I started writing for a playlist placement and not for myself. Let’s say I make a track that I really vibe with and believe in. I produce it, mix it, master it, and finally release it to the world. Read more>>