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.

Kailynn Bowling & Nikki Carlson | Co-Founders of ChicExecs

The most important success factor behind our business is how we developed our own brand from our living room and turned it into a multi-million dollar brand and household name. Other brands were coming to us asking, “How’d you get into retail stores, how’d you get into all of these magazines?” So, we started ChicExecs to help these companies. We took that recipe for success and used it as an outline and platform for our agency ChicExecs which manages 200+ brand strategies on a day-to-day basis. Helping other brands grow is our passion and purpose. Read more>>

Jabeen Jabbar | Personal Trainer & Founder of Jabs Fit Lab

Following your passion and also providing a selfless service so people can improve their lives. I’m someone who has struggled with weight and found a path to a more healthier and fulfilling life. This is not just a business but a way of life for me and a genuine desire to help others conquer the same challenges I faced. Other than that, there was the hurdle of taking that first big step but as my mentor said ‘you just have to throw your inhibitions out the door, have faith and get started with whatever you have. The rest will come naturally, and it did. Read more>>

Cathleen Elle | Master Healer, Loss Expert, Certified Intuitive Success Coach, Speaker, Author

The secret to the success of my business is right out in the open: I am living my heart’s calling. In March 2010, my world fell apart when I lost my son to suicide. Through that shattering experience, I uncovered a powerful sense of self and a connection to the divine that motivated me to redesign my life — and to guide others in doing the same. Read more>>