There are so many factors that can play a role in determining our results, performance and ultimately our success, but some factors matter more than others. We asked folks what they felt was the most important factor driving their success.

Erin Long | Artist

Three habits help me succeed in my art career: Committing to the work itself every single day, utilizing art as a way to “reveal me to me,” and perhaps most importantly, keeping the faith. So many artists will tell you that (contrary to popular belief) there isn’t a golden, magical moment of inspiration that inspires a new painting–rather it’s a daily practice in making the work. It is called art”work” for a reason as most of the creative labors (joyous as they are) are wholly not great in the end. But the commitment to the work, the discipline of it, is what creates the magic. Not all pieces are great. But the work itself, of creating something that had yet to exist, is the greatest part. Read more>>


1) First and foremost PASSION. A wise man once told me that someone who has passion demonstrates it and everything he or she does. 2) Focus: anything that distracts you from your assignment is an Enemy. 3) You must have a vision ( write it out / Plan) and courage to pursue it. 4) Surround yourself with individuals who celebrate your purpose ,assignment mandate and they must celebrate you as an individual and be enthusiastic. : Stay away from people that hate you. Read more>>

Hugo Ortega | Chef/Owner of H Town Restaurant Group

I think there are several things that have helped me to work towards and exceed my American Dream, and I think a few of them are bravery, desire to do better for myself and my family, and almost always saying yes. All of this with hard work and luck thrown in. Read more>>