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.

Ted Dimitry | Insurance and Risk Management Specialist, Marine & Energy Practice Leader, Higginbotham

Honor and Integrity. These are relatively simple words that many people believe they understand. However, as I push the envelope of a half-century in age, I have learned (sometimes the hard way) that honor and integrity are harder to live by – consistently – than I thought growing up or in my 20s. Read more>>

Charmaine James | Pastor, Not In My City®, TV Show Host

The most important factor behind success is the fruit it yields. You must look at what is successfully bearing fruit in your life. The fruit is not just for you, but can it feed multitudes. Better yet can it feed generations to come. My success should affect generations to come; it should make it easier for them. The next generation shouldn’t have to fight the battles I fight. I measure my success on how it affects others. Read more>>

Jenecia Durr | Soap artist

The most important factor behind the success of my brand is the option for total customization. It’s something you don’t find a lot of in the soaping industry. Many companies pre-make soap and the customer has to take whatever they can find. With my brand, the customer; people with skin sensitivities/ allergies, people looking to expand their product line while staying true to their own unique brand, people who want something special made for a loved one can all build soap that matches their needs specifically without having to make it themselves. Read more>>

Grace Ahumada | Photographer

I would say the most important factor to my success is believing in my self. It definitely was hard at the beginning not knowing much and taking that chance. I thought I was never going to improve on my skills. I realized I had keep on practicing otherwise I was never going to see a change. I already had been taking photos for a couple of years but it wasn’t until I decided to open my page that I started believing in my self. Read more>>

Kris Owens | Owner & Designer of Feisty Design Company

Personally, I believe that our authenticity and genuine approach to our business has set us apart. I highlight the good, the bad, and the ugly of owning your own business. I am real with my Feisty Fam and they feel and see it. I also do my very best to engage with them on a personal level. They aren’t just another sale to be checked off a list, but a new friend I just met. I learn about them, and engage because I want to get to know them. Read more>>