TV, Movies, and culture in general sometimes paints a narrow, specific image of what success is, but we know from our conversations with some of the best and brightest that success can mean vastly different things to different people.

Sandy Nissou | Luxury Wedding & Event Director

Charisma is the most important factor behind my success. Charisma inspires. I inspire my clients to make a Dream Wedding their own. I am inspired mostly by my clients and other successful business owners. I like to listen to my client’s stories and how they met and what brought them to meet me. I like to learn about successful business owners’ journeys and know that persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievements. I read and listen to self-improvement and business development content knowing that we can’t become what we want by remaining what we are. Nothing grows in your comfort zone, and great things come from pushing through challenges which make you grow. This philosophy can be applied to any business and to life lessons in general, which in turn helps me connect with my clients at a completely different level. Read more>>

Kerrie Ozarski | Commercial Real Estate Manager and Owner of Reef Real Estate Services, Inc.

The commercial property management industry is complex due to the daily challenges presented on all levels. It can be the simplest of tasks such as collecting rent from a slow paying tenant or responding, handling day to day operational challenges, working with the client and leasing team to best strategize a deal or reacting to an emergency in a calm and composed manner. To manage properties at the highest level, it takes organization, multi-tasking and a strong sense of prioritization, which I believe I have as well as my entire team at Reef Real Estate Services. We work together very closely on a daily basis to keep all “in the loop” on all issues at each property. Our accounting team supports the managers in all levels with exceptional detail and care. Read more>> 

Chris Chase | Creator & CEO

I believe you have to be great at what you do. We thrive on doing great work, giving our clients excellent customer service and hitting our deadlines. I also think you need to have a system and process that works. By definition, process means a series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end. Our three step design process for creating success for our clients is simple: Listen. Plan. Execute. 1. Listen. At the beginning of a potential collaboration, it’s very important to carefully listen to the client in order to add value to the consultation, manage expectations, determine the scope of the project and set proper timelines and milestones, all of which will eventually be documented in a “creative brief.” Here are a few questions that we would typically ask in this part of the process: Who is your target audience (how will we communicate with them)? What are the client’s goals? How do you want the user to feel? What are the main calls of action? What kind of timeline is involved (are there any critical dates)? 2. Plan. Read more>>

Neha Patel | Artistic Director, Indian Classical & Folk Dance Teacher

The success of my business began with difficult decisions that I had to make in my personal life. My success as a person is connected to my success as a mother and the way that I decided to build up my life again after my divorce. I was a single mother with three very young children. I had the emotional support of my parents and the rest of my family, but I did not want my parents to feel the emotional pain that they would experience by watching me suffering. I wanted to be strong and not dependent on anyone. I needed to build my self-respect, not only for myself, but to earn the respect of my family and my community. I also wanted my children to learn how one develops self-respect and earns respect from others. Even without a penny to my name, I decided to go out on my own. Read more>>

Tony & Alisa DiLorenzo | Co-Founders of ONE Extraordinary Marriage

The most important factor behind our success over the past decade is consistency. It’s getting behind our microphones to record an episode of the ONE Extraordinary Marriage Show every week since we released the first episode on January 13th, 2010. Read more>>

Wayne Riker | Guitar teacher, performer, instructional columnist & instructional book author

At nineteen I decided to make a career in teaching guitar and playing gigs as my full time occupation. Now at seventy years old I’ve accomplished all I set out to do with no regrets, checking off all on my bucket list of goals including recording a dozen Cds under my own name, worldwide publication of ten blues guitar instructional books, featured instructional columnist in Guitar Player, Premier and Acoustic Guitar magazines, playing on the Princess cruise line and teaching thousands of students privately, in secondary schools and summer guitar camps around the globe. Mission accomplished! Read more>>

Vanessa and Veronica Castillo | Chefs from Mia Sorella Chimney Cakes

The most important factor behind the success of our brand is the emotional connection we have with costumers and with our whole concept. For the last three years we have focused on keeping our costumers engaged in every step of our journey. By attending to our weekly farmer’s markets, holiday events and local activities, we get to connect with our locals and tourists. We love to hear how our product has a special connection with a memory they may have from the place they tasted it for the first time or how they feel fascinated to see something new and unusual Also our passion for what we do keeps us motivated to continue innovating. Read more>>

Eric Pfeiffer | Business & Leadership Therapist

I discovered the answer to this question when one of our clients exclaimed, “You guys are business therapists!” After explaining to me what she meant by this phrase I let it rattle around in my mind for a few days. It intrigued me because I’d never heard of such a thing – business therapist. So I asked other clients and they all agreed this was the perfect phrase to describe the benefit of our coaching process. I now see that what they are describing is a very important factor in our success, why leaders and teams love working with us. As “business therapists,” we focus on the person, not just the process. We believe humans are integrated creatures, which means we cannot compartmentalize life. Who we are bleeds into every area of our lives, so we deal with the whole person. We do not allow leaders to deal with their professional context without also dealing with their personal. Read more>>

Crystal Jones | Manager and Part Owner of Industrial Grind Coffee

Business is complex and it is nearly impossible to choose just one thing as the most important factor in the success of the business. Owning and managing a business can be overwhelming, maddening and amazing all at the same time. The last 5 months have been challenging to say the least. It’s scary to run a business with the intention of success and the possibility of closure on a daily basis. It has been an emotional roller coaster for sure but I guess that’s just the way of business during a pandemic. One big thing I’ve realized during this time is that relationships are more important than ever. I’ve always told my employees to be authentic, be real. You can find rehearsed kindness anywhere. Not at Industrial Grind Coffee. We take the time to have the conversations, listen to the stories, get to know the customers, shoot the shit, whatever it takes to build that connection. Read more>>

Robert Aragon | Artist & Ceo of A Tiny Teddy named Cuds

Honesty. That is without question the underlying factor and more than that, the foundation of my children’s brand, A Tiny Teddy named Cuds. Read more>>