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.

Robert Izquierdo | E-commerce Manager | Digital Strategy Specialist

The habits that helped me succeed were to stay consistent in pursuing my dream. Being disciplined and organized have also shaped my career on a day-to-day basis. Overall showing up and giving it my very best has been my key to evolving into the professional I am today. Read more>>

Matthew Vargas | Illustrator & Graphic Designer

I live by the adage, “where the man goes, the mind follows.” Being a visual person, it’s been helpful for me to stay in the habit of picturing where all my hard work will eventually lead me in the future. “What career responsibilities will I take on and how will they fulfill me? Where do I want my artwork seen and what impression do I want it to leave on people? Where will I live and who will my community be?” Every so often I’ll reflect on these questions and once I’m able to mentally flesh out the end goal, I’m able to stay motivated to keep putting in the work. As it relates more to art, something habitual I practiced in getting to where I am now as a full-time graphic designer and freelancer was to stay in contact with. There are classmates, supervisors, and mentors who I worked with that helped build my portfolio and expand my professional experience that I didn’t let myself lose contact with. As we stayed in each-others minds through wishing each other a happy holiday, asking for professional advice or even just commenting on a post, we remembered each-other and shared opportunities to build our careers, publicity, and network. Read more>>


At a very tender age my mother affirmed that I, Tazhna Danieka Williams, would be successful in all my endeavours. However, that was not entirely so as I have fallen flat on my face too many times to count. Though this reality frustrated me in every way, my drive to succeed never dimmed. As I recently celebrated my birthday on March 23, I decided to dub this season, “Tazhna’s Second Act”. I still do believe that even though I have achieved many things in this life, worked several full-time jobs that I have loved, and now leading a team of extremely talented individuals on our podcast titled “Shop Talk: The Unfiltered Truth”, one cannot help but pause to reflect, “have I been successful?” One is tempted to think, “Sure I’ve learned a lot in my life, made some money, gained a whole lot of experience, and gained an education but, what are the habits that got me here? Most importantly, do they mirror some of the world’s wealthiest individuals?”. Read more>>

Rodney Royal | Artist

One habit that I’ve had since I was a child is drawing on any blank piece of paper I can get my hands on. Even today as an adult I m always doodling, drawing or sketching on paper. It serves as practice and therapy for me. Read more>>

Nadia Belia | Titolare dell’azienda Pagana Atelier srl

La curiosità di conoscere nuove realtà e la costanza , di procedere step by step senza abbattersi e giornalmente. Read more>>

Toya J | Enterpreneur

Discipline! It took months for me to learn disciple. I would also start a task but never finish it. My business was the first thing I’ve dedicated so much time and effort to daily. Read more>>