We asked some of the city’s rising stars to reflect on what made a difference in their journey. We asked them to tell us about what they think the most important factor has been behind their success.

Jade Mather | Jade Mather – Relator and Mother at Coldwell Banker Realty

Habits that I have felt that helped me succeed would have to be consistency in this business. You have a choice every day to push that needle a little further to help grow your business, or do nothing that day and stay complacent. Real Estate can be extremely rewarding if you are consistent, have a set routine and start treating your clients more like friends and family. Once you understand that, you will start seeing a ripple affect of their friends and family wanting to use you. Read more>>

Shamara ‘Inspire’ Spencer | Creative Director, Choreographer & Dancer

my biggest motivator is growth, whether it be small or enormous growth. I noticed that if there was something I liked but I was not great at it, my willingness to try it, could only result in growth. My fears usually drive me to try and fail until one day I succeed. So long as it is something I deem necessary for the improvement of my career, personal goals or hobbies, I will try. That habit has definitely helped me to succeed. Read more>>

Lindy Nowak | Founder

Connect with my network Scheduling strategic one to ones with people inside and outside my network by phone or video has been really beneficial for Up in a Day. It’s a great opportunity to practice delivering our pitch as well as to get referrals, feedback on our products and services, and of course to keep in touch with friends and former colleagues… an important thing when so many of us are working from home. Read more>>

Imani M. Williams | Attorney at Law

1, Consistency – I am a firm believer that you get everything that you put out. Remaining consistent and faithful to my goals even when it is not always easy has gotten me to where I am today. If something doesn’t work , I go back to the drawing board to plan to reach my desired goal. 2. Self discliine- It would be dishonest to say I always feel great and motivated. Discipline is what pushes you when you feel no motivation. Discipline will always set you apart foremothers. I will be up while others are sleep. I never had an issue waking up super early or staying up super late to complete a task. You cant give up just because of a minor inconvenience or feelings. You will never get far if you move off of emotions. Read more>>

Ines Vieira | Founder and creative director of Norte

I think that you have to be very persistent and resilient because there will be many difficulties. You also have to 100% believe and love what you are doing. Read more>>

Jorge Polo | Founder JYG Pro Fishing, LLC

Staying focused is challenging, especially with the social media world and countless opportunities around us. But, I would say staying focused will lead you to be successful. Having a short term goal and a long term goal keeps your brain in focus mode. Consistency is key. When you start a new business venture the best way to make it is to have the discipline to keep moving. I don’t necessarily believe in routine for myself, but every day I wake up and say what do I need to do for today to be a success? Even the smallest tasks add up to my ultimate goal of reaching more people. And of course, finding time to do whatever makes you happy. Fishing is my “therapy” and an opportunity to decompress and reset before coming back to the daily grind. Read more>>

Naeem Bacchus | Chef & Coach

We can tell a lot about a person by the habits they choose. Habits are a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up. Now are habits can be self serving or not. It is not our place to pass judgement on ones habits however it well known that certain habits elicit certain results. For example if you create habits such as personal health and wealth through a coordinated effort and routine you can set yourself up for success. By continuously following through with habits that serve you anything is possible. Habits that I have practiced for the better part of the last decade have been that of my own personal health. Coming from the health fitness industry prior to cooking I made my activity and nutrition a priority. Read more>>

Melissa Kelley | Artist

There are two habits that have helped me succeed and continue to do so. The first is setting goals for myself. I physically write my goals down on paper, rather than making a note on my phone or tablet. Old school, I know. However, I am a very visual person, so for me, writing down my goals allows me to think about them in greater detail. From there I can add more content, or even take it away, yet still being able to see what I originally wrote. The second habit is making time to practice my painting skills. I love to explore and combine different mediums, so I find the best way is to just dive in and start creating. Sometimes the best parts of a painting start out as a possible mistake. That WHOOPS moment sets in briefly. However, as I continue with blending the colors of paint, that mistake suddenly disappears and looks lovely, just as I intended. Don’t get me wrong, I make plenty of painting mistakes, but I continue practicing and learning. Read more>>

Brittanye Blake | Journalist & Social Media Strategist

The number one habits to succeed is time management, consistency, and patience. Time management keeps your schedule on track and your business organized. Consistency in marketing your business whether that means social media, business cards, keeping up with past and present clients, or simply building a routine that works for you. Patience is allowing your success to come when it is time. As long as you manage your time properly, stay organized, remain consistent and be patience success will come. Read more>>