Every overnight success we’ve seen has been years in the making. And those overnight successes are rarely because of an amazing idea or a stroke of luck. We asked some of our favorite folks from the community about what characteristics are at the heart of their success story?

Sherin Dawud & Raina Vallot – | Co-Founders

The most important factor behind the success of Power Pump Girls (PPG) is our affinity for people and impact. Social innovation is the design and implementation of new solutions which aim to improve the welfare and wellbeing of individuals and communities. As a nonprofit with niche programming, we’ve been able to build a brand that’s recognizable and inviting because we are social innovators at our core. Read more>>

Liz Oz | Founder & CEO

Building a successful business takes a great deal of knowledge and understanding, not just passion, Passion is just part of the equation. Running a small business requires a lot of commitment and ongoing learning to keep up with the pace of change and continuously improve the customer experience. It’s a commitment to be a life-learner, especially in the fields of technology, marketing, and design. Read more>>

Funky Punky | Producer/DJ

The most important factor behind the success of Funky Punky is never giving up and always remembering why I became a dj/producer. I started because I wanted everyone to be able to have an escape from their day-to-day cycle through music and dance. I give people an experience that makes them want to be present in the moment. We all get so caught up in our lives and our routines that we forget to take care of the part of us that needs to release and let go. I encourage people to feel the vibes and to move in a way they makes them happy and lights their soul. Read more>>

Joanne Csakany | Photographer/Empower Women

In 2008 I received a phone call while at work. I had been in a meeting just prior and had heard my phone ringing several times. My Dad didn’t say hello, just 8 words. Jessica died in a car accident this morning. It’s so crazy, you hear of others’ life-changing moments of loss. Where they are in denial and they stutter not knowing what to say. But then when it’s your moment, you find yourself in disbelief not knowing how to accept this new reality. Read more>>

Cynthia Vivar | Realtor & School Counselor

The most important factor behind my work at schools as well the success of my brand is educating others. At the high school level, I teach young minds to not only be successful academically so that they can graduate and pursue a 4-year college degree, but to also be respectful and conscientious human beings. Read more>>

A’Kaila Willis | Rug Artist & Dancer

I tie all of my success, both personal and business-wise to my relationship with God. It’s so easy to compare, doubt, and overall lose sight of your purpose. What grounds me not only with my brand, but in life is my faith. It’s the reminder to give eagerly and lead with love. Read more>>

Hannah Vann | Beans & Beanies Founder

The most important factor for the success of my brand (Beans.& Beanies) is the passion that drives me to make my items. I started B&B when I was 15, and it was started because of my love to knit. I pour my heart into each item that I make and it brings me so much joy when someone purchases an item that I made with my own hands. Beans & Beanies wouldn’t be what it is today if I didn’t love hand-making each items. Read more>>

Shayne Wells | Social Media Freelancer and Digital Marketer

The most important factor behind the success of Brikmoda Social is not being afraid to fail and continue to work hard even when your days are hard. Within the industry, you’re not going to land every client or book every project. You’ll experience hard personal days that affect your work days. But, with continuous drive and hard work to work for the clients you land and the projects you book makes the outcome and successes worth every second. Read more>>

Nallely Urias | Entrepreneur & Makeup Artist

There is a number of important factors behind the success of Yelliezdoll. But by far the most import ones has to be putting my customers number one, authenticity and consistency. My customers always come first. I am where I am and have got this far because of their love and support. I always try to provide them with the best customer service and provide them with the best high quality products. Read more>>

Joey “60 East” Atilano | Artist & Founder of the Happiness of Pursuit Festival

I think the most important factor behind the success of our Festival is authenticity. The people that come to our show know that all the people involved in the creation of the event our also actively involved in the culture and community. I think that creates an event/space where people know that not only do we know what we are doing with the curation of the event, but also that this is an event they need to attend. Read more>>

Lunide Adeeko | Founder & CEO of Best Morning Routine, Ever!

You know, I am a maximizer by nature. A maximizer is an individual who consistently seeks the optimal outcome for any endeavor. As a maximizer I have the tendency to be perfectionists both with my decision-making processes & my general approach to life – I strive to get the very best out of every decision, everyone, and every venture I partake. My goal is always to achieve the best possible outcome. Read more>>