We asked some of the city’s rising stars to reflect on what made a difference in their journey. We asked them to tell us about what they think the most important factor has been behind their success.

Amanda Severson | Sustainable Vintage Shop + Stylist

Teaching others how to live sustainably by repurposing vintage fabrics/materials/textiles and clothing. Including bringing awareness and appreciation to styles of the past. Rather than ending up in a landfill, We’re able to wear and enjoy these secondhand treasures. Read more>>

Lauren Guss | Meditation Guide

I would definitely have to say selflessness. There is nothing more that I care about than providing results to the members here at the San Diego Meditation center. I had learned from my meditation guides when I had just started, what it meant and what it takes to serve others. Read more>>

Josh Grimm | Health Coach + Founder of FITNUT

I’ve always been a man that listens and attempts to align with the voice in his head and pays attention to the feeling and intuition in his gut. This is how it begins, right? Knowing who you are and how to make your abilities work for you. Mindfulness is my strength and the vehicle I have to achieve whatever it is I want to do…  Read more>>

Nandi Nefertiti Mooney | Head Photographer & Creative Director

The most important factor behind the success of my brand is family. Not just the one I created but the ones that are not bound by blood. There are literally people who have opened their knowledge their doors their hearts to me and I cannot begin to mention my success without that. I am still growing obviously but the rocket fuel that’s propelled my success forward is my family my community. Read more>>

Richard Gates | Stock Trader / Mentor

There are a lot of factors that go into being a successful stock trader. Things like discipline, controlling emotions, implementing a good risk to reward strategy, and following your plan are all examples of things that can lead to overall success. The most important factor; however, is the ability to stay true to who you are as a person. Humans, by nature, are creatures of habit. Read more>>