Through our work we have been constantly amazed at the incredible things people in every neighborhood are working on. What’s even more exciting is that they all have different stories, backgrounds, strengths and weaknesses. That there isn’t a single formula for success means that everyone can take their unique set of strengths and characteristics and turn it into a success story. We recently reached out to some folks we admire and asked them what characteristics they feel are responsible for their success.

Valentina Tamayo | CEO at Trendy Experience / Lifestyle Influencer at Mvtrends

In the past years, I’ve realized that to be successful, you need to establish good habits in your life. It doesn’t matter what your life goals or expectations are; good habits will allow you to free up your brain capacity, make better decisions, and enjoy your present self. Read more>>

Kendra Mullen | Lifestyle Realtor, Mother of 4, Wife, & Army Veteran

If you are a parent, what do you think is the most important thing you’ve done as a parent in terms of the impact on your children? The most important thing I have done as a parent has been to constantly instill in my children to NEVER give up on their dreams or anything that they are passionate about. Read more>>

Fernanda Scarafia | Photographer / Filmmaker / Editor

Personally, the most important think to keep in mind (and spirit) is the passion. Sounds like a cliche, but the truest of truths. Over time, passion has been my only ally to keep my self oriented and not losing sense of purpose along my career. Sometimes, you feel the world is poorly prepared to receive and embrace poetry (visually and literally speaking) and you feel alone. Read more>>

Andrew Blitman | Artist, Author, and Teacher

Honestly, when I recount all of the paintings and writing projects I have done over the years , the three most important factors that come to mind are these: 1. That the finished paintings and books will make the recipients/clients/patrons/customers happy 2. That I have fun creating my works (it’s therapeutic), and that completed projects evoke immense satisfaction. Basically: I don’t do it all for only money 3. That the sheer abundance and diversity of the works I have created helps me appeal to a wider audience of readers and customers than someone who uses only one medium at a time. Read more>>

Chi Eastin | General Manager of the Kingsley Inn

Passion. When you love what you do, it shows to the people around you. I love my Inn, my town and my region. I want guests to feel like I’m welcoming them into my home. I will let them know where the best dining options are for their tastes that will be a truly distinctive meal. Read more>>

Jaclyn Carter | Creative Business Owner & Artist

I would say the most important factor behind my success is my persistence. I don’t give up. My business has changed over the years and I’ve had to adapt, but I’ve never stopped. Sometimes it slows down. Sometimes it speeds up, but either way I keep going. Read more>>