We have the good fortune of connecting with so many bright, accomplished folks from a variety of industries and we often ask them to tell us what they feel has been the most important factor behind their success. We’ve shared some highlights below.

Yana Apolinova | Eyelash extension technician and educator

Never don’t be afraid of anything or anyone. Do what you love, not what society imposes on you. Many of my students are so afraid of starting work, excusing themselves by the fact that there are already a lot of technicians in our industry. What if I don’t find clients, what if I can’t? I get a bunch of similar questions, I have one answer for all of them – if you love and fizz with doing what you love sincerely, if you put all your heart into it, you have nothing to be afraid of! Just work hard, develop, do what you have to do and success will not keep you waiting, everything comes true if you want it. Read more>>

Kayla Moran | Law School Student & Blogger/Digital Creator

I think the most important factor behind the success of my brand, and ultimately myself, is that I am 100% who I am both online and off. I am not afraid of being open, vulnerable and honest on my platforms and that really resonates with people! Read more>>

Delyanne Barros | Ex-Attorney & Money Coach

My ability to empathize with my audience is a major factor in my success. If you don’t have empathy then you don’t deserve a platform. Whatever you are selling or teaching, you have to be able to understand that everyone’s experience is unique. Although you can’t speak to every single person’s experience, you can leave room to acknowledge that your way is not the only way. That is what’s so off-putting about many creators in the personal finance space. Read more>>

Kidsan Barnes | Business Leader & 40 under 40 Honoree

The most important factor behind my success in corporate America lies on being grounded. The world is a crazy place and many folks struggle just for day to day success, much less for long term successes. It’s easier said than done to set a goal and actually achieve it. I believe the key to achieving anything in life is remaining grounded and focused on the task at hand. Remembering there will tough days, there will be tough people, there will situations that you absolutely hate, but at the end of the day, don’t lost your vision. Stay grounded in your faith and focused on your goal. If you keep this factor first, you will find that as time passes you remain encouraged and eventually climb the ladder to get where you want to be – or even further! Read more>>