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.

Arden Montgomery | Co-Founder of Argaux

One of the more important habits is exercise. I try to work out before work on some days and after work on others. They both have their benefits. Before work, it gets my head in the game and it’s a great way to start the day. After work allows my brain to not necessarily shut off, because I am still digesting the day during the work out and sort of analyzing things, but it’s a great way to transition from being at the office to coming home. It’s a mindset shift that I find very necessary for myself. Lastly, sleep and rest are key. Although I am someone who gets things done when there is a lot going on and maybe I am stressed or overwhelmed, I actually work well in that environment, but it’s not sustainable. Rest and a good night’s sleep more often than not is something I try to make a habit of. Read more>>

Majo Seaman | Fashion & lifestyle Blogger

To be honest, what has helped me succeed is the fact that I’m constant and I try to create original content that can be differentiated from the rest. I try to show the most real and authentic version of myself so people can feel identified, this without never loosing the style and aesthetic image I like to maintain. Another important habit is that I always try to network with other people who are dedicated to the same, support them and thus study the following trends to always be up to date. Read more>>

Fontayne Sisson | Graphic Designer & Founder of Studio Sisson

The habits that have helped me succeed are, focusing on one task at a time, asking for help, having a morning routine, and planning ahead. I feel that multi-tasking may work in other areas of life, but for building my business, focusing on one task at a time is far more productive. It’s easy to get caught up in jumping around from checking social media, to working on a project for a bit all while constantly refreshing your email. When I go down my to-do list and focus on one thing at a time, not only do I give it my full attention and put more effort in, I always end up completing the task way faster. Read more>>

Jeff Lavin | High Performance Life and Business Coach

In athletics and business I use the 4 P’s. Practice, makes perfect, it’s in the action. Divorce the results, trust fall in love with and marry the process. It “Ain’t” the destination it’s the path we take. Patience in the process with the rhythm and flow. Persistence to preserve and keep going. I’ve failed more times than I’ve had success, I look at failure as data to adjust, recalculate and recalibrate. Perspective of those we surround ourselves with. Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future. I’ve always surrounded myself with mentorship for the blueprints. The right coach to say the right things to push me. We also all need friends to tell us how it is, and cheerleaders to lift us up on our bad days. Read more>>

Madelyn Jacobs | Illustration Artist

I feel that one of the most helpful things I’ve come to learn is you are your own worst enemy. I used to compare myself to a lot of other artists’. I would get super down on myself wondering things like “what am I doing wrong? why doesn’t my art look as good as theirs? how do I get to their level?” and it would all just spiral. It honestly took me until recently to understand how much comparison kills. It held me back a lot. I’d never get any work done or started for that matter because I was so scared of not being “perfect.” But I realized I was comparing two completely different people on two entirely separate paths. Read more>>