We asked some of the city’s rising stars about why they think they have been so successful and we’ve shared their responses below.

Dorsa Afsharjavan | Design/Build Consultant + Landscape Designer

The three habits I feel that have helped me be most successful in both life and business are: organization, communication and transparency. I’m a list, spreadsheet and note taking type of person. Daily, weekly and monthly to-do and organizational lists help me prioritize my work and tasks. My daily notebook is my life!! I’m not sure what I would do without my series of Moleskins (ps. pls sponsor me!!). Documentation is especially helpful when working on numerous projects at the same time. What is unique about my line of work is I can be working on 7-10 projects at one given time, all at various points in the design and build process. The exciting yet challenging aspect of what I do is that each project is unique to its location, team, timeline, contractor and scope so keeping lists and spreadsheets to track projects is what keeps me moving on track. Read more>>

Ricardo Bello | Comedian and journalist

Perseverance, effort and faith are essential to succeed in what I do. I started very early, when I was a teenager and I’m still in the art world today. Read more>>

Luis Mosquera | Barber & realtor

Great questions and thanks for the opportunity. Habits are what separate top tier and ordinary. I’m big on routines and systems. Every morning I’m up at 5 and the very first thing I do is sit on my bed and meditate for 5 minutes. Then I do affirmations and give thanks. I write my goals in the morning and at night. I exercise 5 times a week at 7 and finish by 830 9. Also make time to read at least 10 pages a day ( currently reading “the total money makeover” by Dave Ramsey). Read more>>

Gabriella Schwager | Marketing Agent

Routine and Planning! Those two traits have always just been a part of my life. Even in High School. I would always joke around with friends that I lived my life in a Three- Year plan mode. It is still true. Routine is so important, because it keeps you grounded and structured. Planning allows you to set mini, or large goals and create a way to achieve each of them. I don’t even need to set an alarm clock anymore in the morning! At 5 am my body just knows to wake up and get the day started! Read more>>