There are so many factors that can play a role in determining our results, performance and ultimately our success, but some factors matter more than others. We asked folks what they felt was the most important factor driving their success.

Biswajit Das | Fine Artist and illustrator

My intense love and Passion for the painting helped me a lot to involve me in the process, which eases my way to success eventually. Read more>>

Nerissa Balland | Artist & Therapeutic Arts/ NLP Practitioner

If I could offer you one word of advice, it’s flexibility. Having flexibility in both your personal and professional life is the key to success. The benefits of flexibility include relationship building, creative problem solving, increased mindfulness, and opens the door for possibilities you never imagined if you aren’t open-minded with yourself, others, and situations. Read more>>

Jaun Malcolm | Visionary Photographer

One habit that helps me to succeed in my business is having the audacity to be different. My success with Olivia Jay Photography is a result of me not being afraid to walk on water. Literally! In order to stand out in a sea of “same” you have to be different and go the extra mile. Read more>>

Elizabeth Barky Pines Animal Rescue & Sanctuary | Director of Barky Pines Animal Rescue & Sanctuary

A strong work ethic for starters. Always putting the client first. Follow up is so critical. Always speak with a smile on your face. Read more>>

Ricardo Acosta | Songwriter & optometric technician

Some of the habits that have helped succeed will be being a workaholic. Not letting what you can do today for tomorrow. Every little bit of time can be used to create an endless career. Read more>>

Jay Thomas | Singer/Songwriter

I often pause conversations to write down an idea or pairing of words I get excited by. Notes can offer an image or turn-of-phrase that fits perfectly in the late stage of songwriting where I am looking for pieces that fit. My family tells me my grandfather, British comedian “Cardew the Cad”, would do this with funny things he heard or thought of throughout his day. Read more>>

James Knill | Artist and Art Gallery Owner

Having faith in what I do and believing in myself. Being honest and always learning new things, Having the courage and the perseverance to push through and reach my goals, Trusting in the bigger picture, being able to see the bigger picture and using my imagination to see what’s possible. Read more>>

Alfio Lora | Professional Photographer

Perseverance and Discipline. Read more>>

Katia Rojas | Creative Business Problem Solver (a.k.a Brand Creative Director)

Before diving in headfirst and answering this, I think it would be good for me to define success and what THAT means to me first. For me, success isn’t just about money. Success for me, is about being able to manage my workload – while delivering stellar/ above average work to clients. Read more>>

Diego Martinez | Artist/Musician

Patience. You can always tell the difference between an artist and a patient artist when you see their work in the light. Waiting is a key element when it comes to putting your art out into the world, whether it be for listening or purchasing purposes. Read more>>

Amanda Murray | Visual Illustrator & Art Business Owner

I feel that my good habit that helped me succeed as an art business owner is my drive to make sure that I’m able to evolve. My motivation pushed me to practicing good work habits such as waking up early and following up with clients. Read more>>

Dr. Bruce Mark | Chiropractor & Small Business Owner

As a small business owner in the 21st century, I take pride in my work and ability to persevere through different issues that may arise. Every day begins the same, I wake up at 6 am, workout, and go to work at my office where I enjoy spending the majority of my time tending to people and making them feel better. Read more>>