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.

Danny Aon | Events DJ and MC

I would say that I believe the most important factor in the success of my business has been having an unwavering confidence that as long as I always provide a great service, people will eventually notice. Even though there are many other factors that contribute to being successful in my type of business, that is the value that helped me get to where I am today. Read more>>

Rico Martinez | Buyer and Seller

The most important factor behind our success is collaboration. Working with others in this very competitive industry is key for us. We are located at the San Diego Jewelers Exchange building in the Gaslamp District. This hidden gem is house to many independent jewelers, and our goal is to amplify the voices of many hard-working artists and showcase their work. Read more>>

Kaela Kinnare | @misterboandco – Dog Influencer and Photographer

I believe the most important factor behind my success is my authenticity. Instagram can sometimes make it difficult as everyone competes with another to appear to be the best on the ‘gram’. I’ve found that being true to myself and my values regardless of the pressure to act otherwise really makes my account stand out. I try to be as real as I can, without sharing so much that could scare people away, but enough that when people read my captions or see my stories, they know who I am as a real person. Read more>>

Erin Cary | Holistic Financial Advisor

The biggest factor behind my success is definitely my intention. I chose to build my own business with the sole intention of helping people to be the best that they can be. Through uncomplicating someone’s finances, we are able to free up time they didn’t know was there and allow them the opportunity to destress and achieve more in their own career or personal life. I have so much fun watching my clients focus on their passions without money-anxiety. Read more>>

Caulin Donaldson | Social & Environmental Activist Creator

The most important factor behind the success of my brand has been the consistent and authentic work. The relationship between my audience and I is very strong. I know exactly who I’m talking to, what they like to see/learn, and how to present that content in the most digestible and understandable way possible. I’ve found a comfortable routine that helps me balance my work life with my personal life – while still being able to consistently educate, entertain, and inspire. Read more>>

Dak Doug | Founder & Visionary

Bassyndicate is a grassroots EDM events organization company that puts together shows to highlight some of our favorite national touring artists while raising money for charity and supporting local talent. We have sold out all of our benefit concerts thus far, and the primary contributor to that success is our focus on community engagement. Bringing the community together and fostering its growth by giving back has always been our number one priority. Read more>>

Scott Coon | Business Owner/Entrepreneur/Motivational Speaker

I think that change is inevitable, and embracing it is the most important factor for success. For entrepreneurs who are creative, flexible, and ready to make decisions, change can provide opportunities no matter what industry you’re operating in. Whether I was acting as a change agent in an industry or responding to some type of adversity, embracing change is what contributed to my success. Read more>>

Dane Mora | Singer/Guitarist of Au Revoir Heart

I think being happy is a really important factor behind my success. Finding joy and love in what I do helps keep me motivated to push forward. It’s important for myself and my band mates that we all feel nothing but love towards what we do. Read more>>