We don’t believe success is random. Over the years we have spoken with hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs, artists, creatives, researchers, athletes, and more. We’ve learned from them – both through their stories and through the advice they’ve shared with us – and it’s quite evident that success is more likely when certain habits are present. So, we decided to ask folks to share their habits with us, especially those that they feel helped them succeed.

Tess de la Riva | Salon Owner & Stylist

Fairness. Our business IS our amazing team, therefore every decision is made with fairness as a priority. It’s a give and take for everyone, from salon apprentices to senior stylists, everyone is held to the same expectations and standards. My team is aware that I won’t ever ask anyone to do anything that I wouldn’t be willing to do myself. I’m completely open and honest with them, give them the why/how behind every decision made. There is no “because I said so” mentality behind how I lead. Read more>>

Carmen Crawford | Artist

Success, to me, is loving what you do and putting in the work. I am very ambitious. I want to get better at painting, at making art, at everything. Staying hungry and curious are important, and I want to get smarter, more articulate, ask better questions and find better answers. I am interested in so many things. I read a lot, travel when I can, and seek out great artwork. A continuous desire to observe, learn, and translate is the most important factor in the success of any endeavor. Read more>>

Krystle Simmons | Owner of krys LABEL, an Activewear, Athleisure, Streetwear Brand

Well, of course, my faith God has been the foundation of my success. Aside from that, I would say my authenticity. Being real to myself and with my clientele is an important factor to the success of krys LABEL. I want you to feel uplifted and loved in everything from the product descriptions on the site, to the packaging, to the order updates, even down to the labels inside our clothing. It should all feel like your best friend is talking to you and cheering you on. A “trill everything” experience. Trill (def): being true and real to yourself and others. Read more>>

Leonardo Gomez | Exterior Cleaning Business Owner

Customer satisfaction. A business that focuses on the customers will always win. It always starts in the first interaction. How they experience your business from point a to point b is what will keep them a loyal customer. When we go out to service a home we present ourselves in a professional manner and communicate every step we’re going to make. We text them when we’re on the way to their home and we text them again once we leave. When you go above and beyond with communication it gives them the ability to trust you and know they chose the right company for the job. Read more>>

Kash Harris | Hairstylist/cosmetologist

Being authentic and true to myself. I pride myself on not only providing exceptional customer service but also educating my clients on proper hair care practices. Too often stylists do not want to give away their “secrets” when it comes to hair care/styling. I like to walk my clients through the process to make them more comfortable and knowledgeable about what works for their hair. Read more>>

Antonia Miller | Owner & CEO

The most important factor behind the success of my brand is stepping out in faith. In a world of uncertainty with COVID and I had a mentally unhealthy job, I knew I had to make important changes in my life. I started making my oil blend in 2017 and would sell to co-workers, family and friends. When COVID hit, my job became more stressful and mentally draining. After debating for almost a year, I tool a leap of faith and quit my job to really focus on my business. That was the absolute best decision of my life. I wanted to create a 100% natural hair and body oil experience that can be passed down through generations. An oil blend that is safe for women, men and children of all ages. I believe in life you will know and feel when it is the right time to make major changes, You just have to be brave enough to trust yourself and take that leap of faith. Read more>>