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.

Annie Fonte | Entrepreneur & Author

To me, success is learning something new each day. Using this criterion allows me to experience success often. It has been my observation that many people will define success in a way that takes a long time to achieve or maybe even impossible to accomplish therefore they are unpracticed at realizing their goals of success. Secondly, the challenge of learning something new each day is inspiring and exciting and it is something that I look forward to. There is an element of surprise and triumph in each day. And, it is a habit that adds value to my life. Read more>>

Becky DiGiglio | Freelance Photographer

Success for me is being able to bring awareness to whatever it is I’m photographing. If I’m taking pictures of something, it’s because I like it, or I see it’s worth, and I want others to see it, too. Photography isn’t my sole career, and I intentionally try to keep it as more from a place of passion than worrying about how much I’m making— because let’s face it, shooting live music is not the place to make a bunch of money. Nor is trying to raise awareness about social issues. Weddings, engagement shoots, baby shoots— that’s where the money is. But none of that speaks to me. No judgment to those who have mastered that type of photography (it takes a ton of skill to do it right, and is high stress!), but for me personally, that is not what success is about, or what makes me happy. Read more>>

Melissa Young | Interior Designer

Success is the perseverance not to give up. We thrive not when we’ve done it all but knowing that we have more to do. When I look back on my most successful year to date, the year where I made the most money, got the most accolades and had the most business I don’t remember feeling overjoyed and on cloud nine. I was too focused on my next goal, my next target, my next creative vision. Completion is the goal, but we never have the end. Success is in the reaching, not the arriving. It’s closing the gap between where you are and where you want to be. Success is ever onward. Creativity is forever and mastery is a constant pursuit. Creative types are on an ongoing quest for a certain type of perfection where they don’t often hit their own target. They get close to the mark and others would see that near perfection as success, but the creative mind has moved on. Read more>>