Every overnight success we’ve seen has been years in the making. And those overnight successes are rarely because of an amazing idea or a stroke of luck. We asked some of our favorite folks from the community about what characteristics are at the heart of their success story?

Diana Soto | Self-taught macaron baker

The most important factor behind my success is my relationship with God. Everyday begins with him and I let him guide me through the journey of the development of my macaron business. Aside from God, the support of my husband has also played a key part. He is who encouraged me into giving macaron making a try and has supported me along the way. Read more>>

Charles Cannon | Sneaker Artist

I think the most important factor behind the success of my brand is my son! I wanted to create and leave behind something so great that we both would be proud of and also give him a better childhood than I had! Read more>>

Camryn Petty | Professional Bridal Hair and Makeup Artist

I think that the most important factor behind the success of my business has been kindness. Though it might sound cliché, clients and people in general are going to seek out businesses and vendors that treat them with kindness. One of the things I remind myself every time someone sits in my chair is that I hope they will see the kindness and goodness of Jesus through myself, my words, and my actions. I realize that I have chosen a line of work that most people would consider to be unconventional, but this is not an industry I chose to pursue for monetary purposes. I wanted to be apart of an industry that would allow me to serve my neighbor in a unique way, so that I could show others love, kindness, and compassion. Read more>>

Saurabh Ahuja | Poet, Script Writer, Lyrics Writer, Dialogue Writer, Screenplay Writer, Editor, Producer, Director and A Filmmaker

I think success can be achieved when we take first step towards the accomplishment of our main goal. People thought about success but never ever take a step towards it, that’s what the main problem is. I think we must take a first step towards our goal and convert it into a series of steps to accomplish it and it must be in a right direction. Direction is a very important aspect which we have to focus on. Read more>>

Carrie Broussard | Event Designer and Planner

I have been very fortunate to have been hired by Fortune 500 companies with sales and marketing roles for 22 years and have had the pleasure of working with some key mentors who took the time to and energy, investing in my growth. To this day, those relationships still exist and intertwine with my business. My love of selling has always been about creating sustaining, meaningful, genuine, and trusting relationships and partnerships with good people who work hard. I have kept that standard always which has fortunately prospered to owning my own business under my name. Read more>>

Double M Keyz Griffin | Artist producer & engineer

I feel like I am. Throughout the years I’ve learned to make myself very valuable. I’ve learned where I can cut costs and when to spend money. With me being an artist I’ve learned to be the producer as well and also the engineer (mixing in master). I’ve gathered other friends that’s also doing a job within the music so now we have everything in the house. I spent good money on the equipment use. I’ve learned tips and tricks from other engineers to learn how to mix & master. I’m forever a student of the game. I’ve done artist development. Read more>>

Devon Castro | Founding Member

Having a product that lined up with my personal beliefs and values. It makes work much more enjoyable. I look forward to working in a space where e wry movement comes natural. It allows me not to have to enter a routine that is a chore. Read more>>

Jenny Robertson | Cleaning Specialist

I know you asked for 1 but 2 of The most important factors behind my success is purpose and integrity. I realized just cleaning wasn’t what gave me drive, but doing it with a purpose is. I strictly clean for mothers and adults 50+. Knowing I am helping people who call on me for help rather than convenience makes me want to do my job 10 times better! Integrity, knowing I am trusted to be in someone’s safe space/sanctuary is really big to me. Also, certain clients vent to me about their personal life. That amount of trust purpose(Ly) full fills me! I am a word of mouth cleaning company because of the proof that they can trust me and whatever promises or expectations I give to myself I honor it. I am also not afraid of correction. Read more>>

Chelsea Sargent Lira | Chef and Owner of Houston Grazing Tables

There are a lot more Charcuterie businesses popping up but it does not worry me. There is plenty of people in this amazing city to spread the love! But what makes Houston Grazing Tables so successful is how much we care about our clients. We always go above and beyond to make sure their event is special and the food matches the theme and season. We have so many repeat clients and referrals, and I think that is because they see our passion and how much we really care about them! Read more>>