While it’s inspiring to read high level summaries of success stories, we think it’s just as important to learn about what drove the success and made it possible. We’ve asked some of the brightest folks we know to open up about what they believe was the most important factor behind their success.

Mary Sasso | Professional Photographer

I have always been very Type A. I make lists, I check them twice! (I’m often more naughty than nice ha!) When you own a business, you are responsible for the marketing, books, front of the house, back of the house and everything in between. Having a good foundation in organization and time management will really help you avoid some easy mistakes made when you’re overwhelmed by the background work. Read more>>

Catherine McCullough | President/CEO/CMO, McCullough Landscape Architecture

I feel like consistency has helped me to propel forward in my life. Not only do I find it creates boundaries and expectations for those around you, but for myself for self-esteem and personal growth. I have found through the recent COVID-19 pandemic I have found consistency has especially helped me to create and keep a schedule that keeps me on track and efficient throughout my day. Read more>>

Stefania Poletti | The 30 minute rule: an entrepreneur’s hack to feel less overwhelmed.

When I quit my job to start my own advertising agency, one of the first challenges I had to tackle was finding a way to hold myself accountable for my work beyond the nine-to-five model. Many working from home face a similar problem, and struggle to stay on track. Over the years, I have perfected a method that has effectively helped me organize my busy days without feeling constantly overwhelmed. I call it the 30 minute rule. The rule is as follows: Read more>>