Through our work we have been constantly amazed at the incredible things people in every neighborhood are working on. What’s even more exciting is that they all have different stories, backgrounds, strengths and weaknesses. That there isn’t a single formula for success means that everyone can take their unique set of strengths and characteristics and turn it into a success story. We recently reached out to some folks we admire and asked them what characteristics they feel are responsible for their success.

Ish Barri | Photographer & Podcaster

The most important factor to my success is the fact that I don’t limit myself in what I do. As a photographer I love photographing people from various backgrounds and walks of life. As a podcaster I love having a various people on the show from models, authors, athletes, scientist, and entertainers on the show to discuss a wide range of topics. Being diverse is in my DNA. Read more>>

Lisa Cushing | Owner & Designer

Keeping a very high level of personal service and attention to detail for each customer has always been important. Now, as we navigate through the pandemic, we find it more important than ever to make sure each client knows how much we value them. Read more>>

Lindsay Seymour | Weight Loss Consultant & Meal Prep Service

One of the most important factors behind my success and the success of my brand is consistency and authenticity. I have remained consistent and persistent throughout my personal fitness journey to myself and my goals, as well as, staying consistent to helping others accomplish their goals as well. This consistency has allowed me to be transparent and authentic in my journey as I have been open with the ups and downs of my fitness journey and have been welcoming to embrace the struggles of my clients as well to support them overcoming their obstacles on their journey to weight loss success and their healthy lifestyle journey. Read more>>

Brooke Santos | Founder of I Speak Boutique llc, SBA Pop Up Shop Galleria

My mission in life is to give local-to-Houston small businesses the chance to grow at The Galleria Mall. Many people in Houston have boutiques and some of those are co-ops/ collectives. What makes Pop Up Shop Galleria different is the shop does not take a cut of the sales! When someone purchases with us they are giving 100% of the sale to the local family business. We currently host 10 local to Houston small businesses and by working together we are able to have a shop in the most prestigious mall in Texas. You can visit us in person next to Nordstrom. Or you can go online to and there’s links to our vendor partners. We have clothing from 0-3x, accessories, giftables, and shoes from 5.5-10. Holiday deals are happening now! Plus, we are able to deliver to your home in Houston for only $5. So thanks for shopping small this season. Our small businesses really appreciate your love and support. Read more>>

Rebecca Wright | Creator

Our success is due to consistency in working towards our goals in our art work every single day. Surrounding yourself with people that you trust is really important. Not just people that you trust, but people that you know understand your specific vision and love it as much as you love it. We try to make a unique experience as far as online shopping goes & doing something different by allowing people to mail in their own materials. Making one-of-a-kind marketable also makes us successful. Read more>>