We don’t believe success is random. Over the years we have spoken with hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs, artists, creatives, researchers, athletes, and more. We’ve learned from them – both through their stories and through the advice they’ve shared with us – and it’s quite evident that success is more likely when certain habits are present. So, we decided to ask folks to share their habits with us, especially those that they feel helped them succeed.

Nicole Diomartich | Hair Stylist and Make up Artist

Some habits that helped me succeed is staying humble and hungry. Success isn’t made up over one night but I always know what I wanted. Taking my downs in the buisness as motivation to do even better next time. Read more>>

Kika Carvalho | Visual Artist

During most of my eleven years working actively as a visual artist I was struggling to find a way to stay productive and inspired, having to work as an educator (or any other job that would keep me financially stable) and studying at the same time. What helps me the most, at the end, is to keep a routine with habits that helps my creativity, my body and my mind. Since I decided to work full-time as an artist I try to stay organized and keep my studio time constant during the week. I prioritized my career over recreation a lot, but I’ve learned that it’s necessary to take some time to myself so I don’t get burned out. It’s important to take care of my physical and mental health as well. Sometimes there were people trying to discourage me or to discredit my work, so I responded having the habit of being very stubborn. Even when I’m the only one who believes in a project or gives the necessary value to it I stay true to myself and keep the hard work. It drives me more to know that I’ll prove them wrong. Read more>>

Emily Josenhans | CEO & Founder of Domaine Santé

While we are still facing the Covid storm, I think my ability to remain calm and centered when the narrative tells of both times of difficulty, as well as success has allowed us to stay in business this year. While I do value celebrating the wins, it’s important not to react too intensely to any change in business at any time, because you have no idea what tomorrow will bring. There could always be something worse that could happen and there could always be a greater win and so many variables in between. Staying very level headed and focused on the large picture has proven our resilience over the past year’s struggles and has also made us push the bar higher in times of progress. Strict determination and the ability to gracefully ride the waves of success and failure has been key. Read more>>

Misaki Sano | Artist & Metalsmith

I’m a very observant person so I feel like that has been very helpful to connect with audiences/customers a lot. I’m always thinking about how my art/creation would fit in other people’s life. Read more>>

Courtney Yu | Production Coordinator, Currently Working in Features at Dreamworks Animation

One habit that I feel helps anyone succeed in animation production is the ability to be flexible and flow with the changes. Animation is a very collaborative process and relies heavily upon people’s availabilities, artistic changes that are unexpected but necessary, and production needs that may vary depending on outside factors like marketing/studio requests. With all of that, the schedule at the beginning of the day is hardly what actually happens at the end of the day! It’s exciting in that every day is different! The ability to be flexible and roll with any changes not only helps you stay calm, but also helps your coworkers feel at ease by following your collected vibe. I also recommend being as prepared as you can, but not being afraid to reach out for help. We all want to show that we’re capable people and want things to go smoothly, but in such a collaborative field, there’s no shame in asking for assistance. Read more>>