Success. It’s something we dress for, strive for, work towards. We wish it upon others as well as ourselves, but what is it? What is success?

Oriel Ross McKinney | Business Strategist & Principal Consultant

I’m passionately and unapologetically committed to my success but I also understand that success is not linear and it is redefined as life progresses. Ebbs and flows are a part of the magic and I’ve learned to understand the seasonality of business and life. My brand The Small Biz Engine®, allows me to leverage my unique thoughts, showcase my abilities to navigate from inside other businesses, and speak to my passion of driving business forward. I would have to say, the most important factor is flexibility with focus. You have to marry the two for success. Read more>>

Siliza Tremor | Fashion Designer

Authenticity. The Wired Heart designs for women of the future. It’s important to be true to yourself in and out of your brand. We built community and brand loyalty by being real with our audience and customers. Authenticity is at the heart of everything we do. I ask myself, does this align with my goals in every party of my business. It’s also why I love my brand so much, because it represent my dreams and beliefs. When you’re true to yourself it radiates and attracts the right people to your brand. It’s also important to stay consistent. Authenticity and consistency are my ingredients for success. Read more>>

Lily Bates | Online Entrepreneur & founder of Sol Stoned Jewelry

“I can’t give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time.” ― Herbert Bayard Swope Authenticity, wholeheartedness and organization are three factors behind the success of Sol Stoned Jewelry. You are who you are, so stop comparing your art, creativity or flair with someone else’s. It is so important that you stay in your lane and build your success off your authentic self. Before you dive off into creating a business, really soul search and know figure out what’s important to you. Your customers and clients will connect with the brand, and you, much more. Before you go out in the world and try to sell something , figure out who and what sets your soul on fire. Figure out your authenticity. Be open and truthful with yourself, your clients and your products. Read more>>

Becca Bašić | Rock Your Rebellion Photography

Having a unique personal brand that stands out in my industry has been one of the key factors in the success of my business! I think a lot of creatives make the mistake of seeing the success of others and then trying to replicate that in their own businesses – everything from their creative style, their websites and brand colors and even their brand voice! You can learn a lot from the success of others, but the most impactful way you can stand out in the crowd and find your own success is to just be you. Read more>>