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.

Chef Perla | Plant Based Chef, Health Advocate & Radical Dreamer

Heart-centered connection. I truly believe the factor behind me getting to the point where I could leave my day job (after 5 years building my side hustle, Elevation Eating) to pursue my catering business full time was attributed to my ability to connect with people from a heart-centered place. That has led to deep relationships, friendships, aligned community and loyal clients. I would not be here today without the power of authentic, heart-centered connection. The people in my life whom I have connected with over the years are hands down the reason why I’m successful. Read more>>

Julia Lola Wang | Social Media Director

I would say, the most important factor behind my success as a Social Media Director has been the consistent high quality of my work. This has resulted in building a solid reputation in my field over time, and has led to continual client referrals which has expanded my business. Read more>>

Matthew Schultzel | Robotic General and Colorectal Surgeon

In the field of Medicine a doctor has two options: one is to work for an organization, the other is to be a private practice physician. I decided on starting my own business as a private practice surgeon. As a self employed physician, I felt I could succeed or fail based on my own merits. Additionally, a great deal of time is required to be spent working to provide “sweat equity” to build the practice. This often times is difficult after working long days. While this is a stressful choice, it does also empower me to set my own course. Read more>>

Jamie Morrissey | Energy Healer & Emotional Sovereignty Coach

To answer this question, I have to share a bit about what success means to me. My idea of success- real success- is to live a life that is heart-centered and feels fully aligned with who I am as a person. Prior to becoming an energy healer, I was a school psychologist. I was respected, was advancing in my career and often looked to for guidance by others in my profession. From the outside, I seemed to be very successful, but I certainly did not feel that way. Read more>>

Chanel Charles | Dental professional/ Creator

After being in the Dental field for 20 yrs. Not only do I love making smiles happen. I love seeing them too. I would go to events and put and cover my drinks with a napkins. Due to COVID my job had to close. Being off I thought to use my creative side on something that can help us now and forever. Read more>>

Parham Mansourian & Harper Miller | Co-Founders, CEO & COO of Bound Technologies, Inc.

One of the most important factors behind the success of Bound is hands down the relationships we’ve built and cultivated over the years. As any entrepreneur will tell you, building and launching a startup is no joke, but having a great support system and network of collaborators around you makes all the difference. Throughout our careers, we’ve been fortunate enough to work with a number of experts in the entertainment and PR industries, all of whom have been incredibly supportive and instrumental in the success of Bound through guidance, support, referrals, and more. Read more>>

Lyric Reddick | Hip Hop Artist

I would have to say the most important factor behind my success would have to be family, but not in the traditional sense of the word! My family is what keeps me going, what keeps me grounded, one of the definitions of family is “a group of related things” and to some extent I have always found a way to find common ground with everyone in my life. Read more>>