There’s a ton of research around how setting habits can help us conserve energy because it reduces the number of decisions we have to make in a day. However, not all habits are created equal and so we’ve asked our community to tell us about the habits they have been most effective for them.

Shannon Henry | Photographer

The most important factor is to ensure my clients are happy. Really listening to their needs, vision, and reasons behind their brand helps me to bring it to life through photographs. Read more>>

Karen Martinez | Chief Executive Officer

ASPM has managed San Diego homeowner associations since 1971 through three generations of our family. Being deeply rooted to San Diego’s communities, we are uniquely attuned to the challenges facing HOA properties. Our strongest attribute is a focus on integrating trending technologies that address those challenges with the greatest efficiency, transparency, and by leading our industry in establishing best practices. When COVID-19 emerged, it was this business agility that allowed ASPM to continue serving clients without interruption, with a dispersed workforce working remotely, when the Governor mandated property management companies an essential service. Read more>>

Rachel Shemirani | Senior Vice President

What do you want your legacy to be? What do you want people to remember about you? Our employees are the key to our success. We invest a lot of time and energy into developing and teaching our employees because we want our people to love what they do. We’ve created a culture where our employees can try new things and make mistakes. Some of the best ideas have come from solving a problem or fixing a mistake. And finally, we believe that if our employees are happy, then our customers will be happy. Read more>>

Kraig Chiles Chiles | San Diego Sockers Captain

The most important factor in my success is enjoying what I do. I love the sport of soccer. I’m motivated to work hard, spending countless hours on my trait because I’m having fun on the journey. Read more>>

Jay Buys | CEO

Listening. It’s dead simple but there are a lot of folks in our business who are quick to prescribe a solution before even finding out anything about a project. Our approach is to ask a lot of questions and really try to get a fundamental understanding of a client’s goals, objectives, pain points, etc. You can’t do good work unless you have a shared understanding of what exactly you’re trying to accomplish. Read more>>

Ellen Im | Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics

I think the lasting relationships we have with our patients is the key to the success of the practice. Being a mother, I wanted a practice where parents would feel comfortable bringing their children. My team and I believe that open and honest communication establishes a foundation of comfort and trust which we use to build rapport with families. I think families appreciate the care and sincerity in our interactions. Though it’s our goal to ensure good oral health for our patients, being able to see our patients grow up is equally rewarding. Read more>>

Melinda Humphries | Owner & Photographer

Sitting in the halway of my childhood home, I constructed my first business at the age of six years old. I loved to sell things I made, but my heart and passion were for the people buying it. My focus as a young girl was the reaction of my costumers to the products; I wanted them to receive something that they truley loved. At the age of 15, I worked and saved to afford my first camera. I learned quickly that I not only had a passion for photography, but I also had a passion for those that I photographed. After I started my first photography business, I quickly learned that people had a hard time being photographed. They loved the end result, but strongly disliked being in front of the camera. I saw this as an opportunity to help them, and I came up with subtle ways to help take their minds off the camera. Read more>>

Amy VanLiew | Fitness and Healthy Coach

The best thing I ever did to get my business and brand launched was…ask for help! This wasn’t an easy thing for me to do. At 50, I left my 26 year career as an engineering program manager to follow my passion for health. This was a huge leap for me, I had been with the same company my whole adult life, my husband worked with me all of friends were there, I agonized over the decision and burst into tears on my last day. But looking back it was the best thing I ever did. The first bit of help I got was to see a therapist because I was really grieving the losses in my life. My career had been my identify and I went from knowing what to do each day, making a great salary to no money and not knowing how in the world to make any in this new world of mine. The second “ask for help” took a lot longer to decide on. Read more>>

Brent Wakefield | Nonprofit CEO

I’ve been in the business of building relationships and not getting rid of relationships. In the nonprofit world, you are only as successful as the group of friends and supporters that you have. If somebody gives your nonprofit organization money/makes a donation, they don’t get a pair of shoes, a new car, or anything tangible. They get to feel good…and they might get a tax write off. In order to create that good feeling, we, the nonprofit, have to come from a place of generosity AND we have to have skin in the game. If we want to get a lot from a donor, we need to be prepared to give a lot. We give good information, important follow up and customer service, and we give the supporter a chance to give to something meaningful. We therefore need to be sure we make good use of their funds and that we can share the impact with them. Read more>>

Linda Gatt | Hairstylist

A sincere commitment to my clientele is the most important factor behind the success of my brand. For each and every client I give my absolute best. I go into every single service aiming to help my clients achieve their ultimate hair goal I want all my clients to know how much I truly care about them and their happiness. When I am not behind that chair I am partaking in color/extension/haircutting classes to help me stay on top of the latest hair trends. My goal is for every client that sits in my chair to know how much I value and appreciate them. Read more>>

Justine DeVoy | Salon Owner, Hairstylist & Educator

There are two extremely important factors behind my success; 1. I never stop learning. The beauty industry is ever evolving, and changing. It is so important to be a lifetime student, to take in the knowledge and the experience of others. Everyone has something to offer. 2. Share your knowledge with others! As my career has grown, I’ve stepped into the role of mentoring others, as I was mentored. This is one of the most humbling and rewarding aspects of my industry. Watching others grow, surpass expectations, tackle obstacles and know that I could be part of that success lights a fire in my soul and gives me a new appreciation for this business. Read more>>

Byron Mignanelli | Proprietor & Head Winemaker

Passion. High quality wines and always learning. Having an open mind, learning from others and combining that with the lessons we’ve learned along the way has allowed us to prosper. Read more>>

Crystal Blue | Digital Marketing Expert

Most importantly, Every business has different needs, We don’t put everyone in a box. If you allow us to work for you, that’s a privilege we don’t take lightly. Our Success comes from making you successful. Your company becomes our baby… together we are a winning team! Read more>>

Thor Eakes | CPA & Spiritual Leader

I feel very blessed that I grew up with the generation that had grit. Right from the start, we all worked very hard including many hours at night and on the weekends learning to be a CPA. I am very grateful to be a hard worker. Read more>>

Brie Marie | Owner

I think being true to who you are plays a huge role in the success of any business. There will always be competition, but no one can replicate you. I’ve found being genuine with my clients has allowed me to build friendships and has made my work so much more rewarding. Read more>>