There are so many factors that can play a role in determining our results, performance and ultimately our success, but some factors matter more than others. We asked folks what they felt was the most important factor driving their success.

Ellie Polsky | Mother of Just Be Jewelry

I think an important factor to my success is that the fabric of the brand is sewn with genuine intentions. One that holds a strong focus on the human aspect, rather than putting all this focus on the numbers and the sales. While that’s important, the piece is for the human after all, for their soul, that component that keeps us going every day that we forget to feed and recognize. The intention is to help individuals empathize with themselves so that we can all start to have empathy for one another. The intention is to create this beautiful ripple effect of compassion and love in the collective. I think success comes when your intentions are authentic. When the mission behind whatever you’re doing in life is bigger than yourself. Read more>>

Olivia Zell | Entrepreneur and Maker

Passion! All our lives we’re told “When you love what you do, you never work a day in your life.” While it sounds cliche, it really does have some truth to it. I have always loved making things with my hands, whether it’s sewing, knitting, crochet…all these things are such an outlet for me. I had been sewing pet bandanas for over a decade, and despite many friends and family members telling me to sell them, I had never considered sewing to be more than a hobby for me. When the pandemic began, amid all the uncertainty, anxiety and what really felt like chaos, sewing brought me calmness. Read more>>

Matt Alcobia | Record Label Owner | Music Producer | Sound Engineer

There are many factors which, together, drive my business. Out of everything, I can break it down to 3 factors which are definitely necessary for the success of my business. First is Mindset. You have to believe to achieve! Running a business is no easy task, let alone being in the entertainment industry, theres never a dull moment and anything can happen. For instance, being open minded helps to relate and connect with people all around the world. Also being able to put myself in a creative space when I’m in the studio, or creating marketing material that’s effective and stands out. Read more>> 

Death Cab for Karaoke | Live Band Karaoke

It’s gotta be the people that attend our shows. Since we are a karaoke band, we essentially live and die behind the support of the crowd. Having a passionate fanbase that comes to show after show and are hungry to get on the mic and sing mean that we can do what we do! Read more>>

Ally Burnett | Pastry Chef, Chocolatier, Digital Content Creator

I believe that one of the most important factors behind my success is knowing how to trust myself, my purpose, and my passion. Most of my life, my passion has been my greatest guiding force. I believe that knowing yourself, knowing your passion, and being able to trust in your purpose even when times are tough is especially important for creative and entrepreneurial individuals. This can, of course, be a really difficult thing to achieve because in modern society we spend a lot of time looking around comparing ourselves to others. Read more>>